DDCA’s Lodha line on Mudgal invites court ire
DDCA officials’ removal of selectors citing conflict of interest has been stayed by the Delhi High Court.cricket Updated: Nov 07, 2016 23:23 IST
The Indian cricket Board (BCCI) is refusing to fully implement the Lodha committee recommendations. Now, the Delhi unit (DDCA), quite strangely, has used one of the Supreme Court panel’s recommendations to trip up a former judge appointed observer by court to run its affairs.
Justice Mukul Mudgal, a retired high court chief justice, was appointed by the Delhi High Court to run the controversy-ridden DDCA.
On Saturday, DDCA officials removed the Mudgal-appointed selection panel citing conflict of interest, a point raised by the Lodha panel. A letter said the executive committee was axing former India players Atul Wassan, Maninder Singh and Nikhil Chopra as selectors citing their media commitments. It said the DDCA sought affidavits declaring they had no conflict of interest, but they didn’t submit them as they report to Mudgal.
The move by the executive committee members, most of whom are opposed to the Lodha directives, didn’t go down well with the Delhi High Court too, and it pulled them up.
“We think you (DDCA) are testing everyone’s patience here. This is contempt of court. Evidently, somebody is over-reaching,” observed the bench.
Justice Mudgal had gone to the court saying, “The act of removing the selectors unanimously by certain directors and the convener, sports working committee (DDCA), without any approval from the selection panel formed by me or by the Delhi HC is only aimed to scuttle the domestic season.”
The bench concluded: “The court is of the opinion that letter dated November 5, 2016 (by the DDCA removing the selectors), should be kept in abeyance. Status quo will prevail prior to issuance of the letter. The selectors will continue to function till final disposal of the writ petition.”
The court order nullifies DDCA’s order appointing national selector Sarandeep Singh, Robin Singh and Vinay Kumar to the panel.