In a major reprieve for Union Minister Sharad Pawar and five other BCCI officials, the Supreme Court on Friday stayed their trial for allegedly filing a false affidavit before the Calcutta High Court in the Jagmohan Dalmiya expulsion case in 2006. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India K. G. Balakrishnan stayed the high court's November 12 order after senior advocates appearing on behalf of Pawar and other BCCI officials contended that the High Court acted erroneously in ordering initiation of criminal proceedings against them.
The bench said the high court was supposed to have conducted an inquiry into the allegation, recorded a finding and then directed registration of a case. Five BCCI officials, who benefited from the Supreme Court’s order, included BCCI President Sashank Manohar, N. Srinivasan, Chirayu Amin, Ratnakar Shetty and former secretary Niranjan Shah.
Stay order on CWG Village
PTI adds: The Supreme Court stayed a Delhi High Court judgement appointing a committee to assess the perceived adverse ecological impact arising out of the construction of 1,100 flats for the Commonwealth Games near the Yamuna. A bench of Chief Justices K G Balakrishnan and P Sathasivam stayed the Nov. 3 High Court order after Solicitor General G E Vahanvati assailed the judgement on the ground that it would seriously “jeopardise” conduct of the games for which crores of rupees have already been invested.