Supreme Court to hear BCCI matter on December 9; decision on Sourav Ganguly, Jay Shah's tenure likely

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Dec 02, 2020, 08.40 PM(IST)

BCCI bosses Sourav Ganguly, Jay Shah to continue as Supreme Court lists next hearing in January Photograph:( AFP )

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Both, Sourav Ganguly and Jay Shah have been in office despite completing their respective tenures in July and May this year. 

Supreme Court is set to decide on Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah's tenure. 

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An order passed by a three-judge Supreme Court bench headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao on Tuesday said that final hearing on the BCCI matter will be held on December 9.

Both, Sourav Ganguly and Jay Shah have been in office despite completing their respective tenures in July and May this year. 

According to new BCCI constitution that was approved by a three-judge bench headed by former CJI Dipak Misra in August 2018, Sourav Ganguly, Jay Shah and joint-secretary Jayesh George should have been 'cooling off' now after serving six years continuously in a state association or the cricket board.

BCCI treasurer Arun Singh Dhumal filed a petition in April in complete defiance of the new constitution. The petition urges six changes in the new constitution which includes a three-year cooling-off period on the office bearers to be abolished.

The case was last came up in July but was put away amid pandemic as it was considered to be a low-priority matter. However, a new three-judge bench comprising Justices Rao, Hemant Gupta and Ajay Rastogi wanted to hear the case on December 1 along with other cricket cases. 

Justice Patnaik, who had removed N. Srinivasan from being BCCI president for his proximity to Chennai Super Kings, had told Outlook that "Ganguly was not indispensable," and cricket should be "free from the clutches of politicians."

According to the retired judge, BCCI officials were flouting the rule book. 

"It was fate accompli once the constitution was approved in 2018. Several CJIs have heard this case and if the BCCI has its way, then it will be death of the Lodha reforms," he said, adding that BCCI was only prolonging a result that was decided long ago.

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