Kolkata, Mar 1:
Following the footsteps of BCCI joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) today moved the Supreme Court challenging that the Committee of Administrators (COA) has acted beyond the scope and authority.
The decision was taken after state association’s working committee meeting chaired by former India captain Sourav Ganguly.
The petition states that COA’s actions are in violation of the fundamental rights under the Articles 19 (1)(c) and (19(1)(g) of the Constitution of India as well as contrary to the decision of the Apex Court on July 18, 2016.
With today being the deadline set by the Supreme Court-appointed COA for State Associations to submit the compliance report, the CAB decided to challenge their authority in the Apex Court.
“It’s the same rule affecting all the 29 associations,” CAB president Sourav Ganguly said.
The COA has also been informed that the CAB has not received any grant of Rs 16.75 crore from the BCCI and does not form part of 13 State Associations mentioned in the order of the honourable Apex Curt in October, 2016.
“The COA by holding that as per the ‘disqualifications’ provided by the honourable Apex Court no one could be a member, representatives, advisors, patron, or even member of any Committee of the Associations, they have acted in breach of the fundamental rights enshrined under Article 19 (1) (c) and (19(1)(g) of the Constitution of India as well as the specific observations to that extent made by the honourable Supreme Court in its order on July 18, 2016,” the CAB legal Advisor Ushanath Banerjee said. (PTI)