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Complaint to Vinod Rai over Maharashtra Cricket Association polls

Former committee members have raised objections over elections being planned for Maharashtra Cricket Association without its new statute being ratified by BCCI’s Committee of Administrators, of which Vinod Rai is the head.

cricket Updated: Apr 27, 2018 10:22 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Vinod Rai,Maharashtra Cricket Association,BCCI
Vinod Rai is the head of the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators.(PTI)

Trouble seems to be brewing for Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) secretary Riyaz Bagwan, who is facing opposition from former committee members as the association gears up for elections on May 2.

One those former officials, Madhav Ranade, in a letter addressed to Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai, has asked it to go to court to help MCA.

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“I and my sympathisers, including a large number of international cricketers, are helpless. We do not have the means, lakhs of rupees, to engage a lawyer to file a writ petition in the Bombay High Court. It will cost at least Rs 15 lakh. I request you to help the MCA by going to court. A cabal is in operation here, keeping the members and stake holders in the dark,” the letter states.

The Supreme Court-appointed CoA had ordered Bagwan not to hold elections till the amended constitution is approved by it.

In the letter, Ranade says: “From what I understand, the MCA secretary, who is actually disqualified, is personally supervising the election procedure. This in spite of your two advisories to him requesting to stop the election process.

“Even now the MCA has not announced the name of the election officer who is supposed to be from the state election commission. I am also perplexed by the MCA’s ability to get the amended constitution certified by the charity commissioner, especially because the amended constitution has not been written by the immediate past president, Abhay Apte. It would be interesting and pertinent to know who has written the minutes.”

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In MCA’s Special General Meeting held on April 7, it was declared that MCA would adopt the Lodha reforms and hold elections at the earliest. With the MCA committee dissolved, according to the rules, the secretary is the sole office-bearer who will conduct elections, hence the onus is on Bagwan.

According to a source, who didn’t want to be named, the members don’t know whether the constitution approved by the charity commissioner is same one approved at the SGM.

Bagwan didn’t respond to calls.

First Published: Apr 27, 2018 09:28 IST