The BCCI on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court challenging a Calcutta High Court directive to initiate criminal proceedings against its six top officials on the charge of filing false affidavits in the Jagmohan Dalmiya expulsion case.
BCCI president Sashank Manohar and four other officials moved the apex court against the High Court directive, against which Union Minister and board's former president Sharad Pawar has already filed his SLP.
Besides Pawar and Manohar, the other Board officials in the dock are former secretary Niranjan Shah, Ratnakar Shetty (Chief Administrative Officer), N Srinivasan (Secretary) and Chirayu Amin, junior Cricket Committee Chairman.
Like Pawar, the officials have also taken the plea that the High Court did not give them the opportunity to present their view and thus violated the principle of natural justice.
The Calcutta High Court had on November 12 directed initiation of criminal proceedings against BCCI president Sashank Manohar, former Board president Sharad Pawar and four top officials for filing "false" affidavits in the Dalmiya expulsion case.
The court's order had come eight months after Dalmiya, a former BCCI president, alleged perjury against Pawar and Board officials and sought criminal proceedings against them for allegedly producing false documents.
All the accused BCCI officials have challenged the ex-parte order directing the Registrar (Original side) to initiate criminal proceedings under section 195 of the CrPC (prosecution for contempt of lawful authority of public servants for offences against public justice and for offences relating to documents given in evidence) at an appropriate court.