JKCA Affairs: ???????HC Stays Order On Administrators’ Appointment

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has stayed appointment of Justice C. K. Prasad, former judge of the Supreme Court, and Justice Syed Rafat Alam, former Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh and Allahabad High Courts, as administrators of the J&K Cricket Association for conducting “free and fair elections” of the cricket governing body of the state.

A division bench of the court passed the orders on appeals filed by some of the aspiring cricketers and members of a local cricket club, challenging court’s single bench verdict on appointment of the administrators.

The single bench, appellants submitted, has instead asked the administrators appointed to make appointment of any officer for supervising the elections to the association.

It is submitted that they have taken brunt of “discrimination” on account of political interference in JKCA’s selection process. They submitted that JKCA is said to be a political tool between two rival groups. “…..chaos and confusion exists in JKCA which is directly affecting the career prospect of the appellants as they are losing hope in the professional career”.

Besides, election, the single bench of the court had also directed the administrators to ensure that the rules of the J&K Cricket Association are amended in conformity with the recommendations made by the Lodha committee which has already been accepted by the Supreme Court.

The court had also directed the BCCI and the association shall render all assistance to the Administrators, to effectively perform their duties.

The administrators, it had said, shall ensure that elections of JKCA office bearers are held after amendment of the rules for electing office bearers of the association.

“The administrator shall also be at liberty to appoint an ombudsman who shall decide the disputes between the members affiliated to the association.”

Senior counsel for BCCI had submitted that the elections of the association were held on 19 July last year and the term of the office bearers has expired on 18 July last year and thereafter there is no elected body of the Association. He urged that an administrator should be appointed, as there is no provision of holding over the post in the rules of the association.  

The BCCI said an administrator should be appointed, as there was no provision of holding over the post in the rules of the association. He also argued that the elections of the JKCA should be held as per the guidelines of the Supreme Court after incorporation of recommendations of report(s) submitted by Lodha committee in the JKCA rules.  He also pointed out that administrators were appointed for the State level bodies for Hyderabad and Delhi by the respective High Courts and similarly an administrator should also be appointed for the JKCA for holding free and fair elections.

The BCCI also revealed that out of Rs 120 crores allocated by BCCI to the JKCA, a sum of Rs 80 crores has been embezzled and an amount of Rs 34 crores was seized by the police which should be handed over to the administrator so as to enable him to meet the necessary expenditure. Thereafter the funds should be placed at the disposal of the newly elected body which may spent the amount as per the norms fixed by the BCCI.

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