The Supreme Court today restrained all state cricket bodies from holding elections till it pronounced the verdict on finalisation of the draft constitution of the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI), as it reserved the judgement on the issue.
The top court clarified that it will not recall its earlier order dealing with 'one state-one vote', cooling-off period for the office bearers of cricket bodies, the criteria for national selectors, but it may consider modifying it.
A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said it will consider the suggestions given by senior advocate Gopal Subramanium, who was appointed amicus curiae in the case by the top court to assist it in the matter.
The bench said it will pass an order on the finalisation of the BCCI constitution and also consider the feasible suggestions of amicus and other cricket bodies.
"The suggestions which are feasible will be considered while others will not be touched," the bench said.
It restrained all the state cricket bodies from holding any fresh elections till the court pronounced its verdict and asked the High Courts not to entertain any fresh pleas with regard to appointment of administrators.
During the hearing, Subramanium gave several suggestions to the bench and said that every state should have full membership and a voting right in the BCCI.
The bench agreed with this and said, "Every state shall have a voting right in BCCI and no one shall be deprived. Contribution of railways and services cannot also be ignored".
The counsel for Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) opposed the cooling-off period for the office bearers suggested by Justice (Retd) R M Lodha-led panel and said that there should be continuity of experience. He also objected to the age cap of 70 years for the office bearers as suggested by the panel.
The bench asked what was the need of the cooling-off period for the office bearers when they were not contesting for the same post.
Justice Chandrachud said, "Lodha panel suggested a cooling off period for the office bearers if they are contesting for the same post. After a tenure in a particular BCCI post, the office bearer may contest elections for another post and then there is no need for a cooling off period in between". PTI