SC to hear BCCI matter on Wednesday: Ganguly, Shah fate could be decided

 Will Sourav Ganguly and Jay Shah enjoy an extended tenure as the BCCI president and secretary till 2025, or will they have to vacate their posts soon? Cricket fans may get an answer to this question when a bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde and including L Nageswara Rao will resume hearing in the ‘BCCI vs Cricket Association of Bihar’ case in the Supreme Court on Wednesday.
On April 21, the BCCI had filed a petition in the Apex Court asking for an extension to the tenures of Shah and Ganguly till 2025. Ganguly, a former India captain, and Jay Shah, the son of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, took over their roles in BCCI in October 2019 but both were looking at only a short term in the board given the new cooling-off period that is mandated by the Lodha reforms.
Earlier this month, a controversy erupted when the Comptroller & Auditor General’s (CAG) nominee in the BCCI, Alkani Rehani Bhardwaj, raised an objection over Shah attending a BCCI Apex Council meet on July 17 as his tenure was over as the new BCCI constitution. Soon after, it emerged that CAG had asked the Supreme Court to relieve its nominee from the BCCI’s Apex Committee, on the grounds that “CAG’s representative has become part of the management decisions (taken by majority) rather than CAG having an oversight function over decisions of the BCCI.”
Shah, however, attended the meeting after taking legal opinion.
The new BCCI constitution calls for a cooling-off period of three years for individuals who have serve two terms (six years) at a state association or in the BCCI, or a combination of both. As per this clause, Ganguly and Shah are not eligible to contest any further elections given their respective roles in Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) and Gujarat Cricket Association (CAB. Ganguly’s term ends on July 27 while Shah’s tenure has already ended in May.
However, at the BCCI’s 88th Annual General Meeting (SGM) in December last year, the members unanimously agreed that Ganguly and his team should serve a full six years at the BCCI. As per the BCCI constitution, any extension of the office-bearers’ tenure must be approved by the SC. In its petition to SC, the BCCI has proposed that “a president or the secretary who has served in such position for two consecutive terms in the BCCI shall not be eligible to contest any further election without completing a cooling off period of three years.”
It has also sought a few other amendments regarding the disqualification of an office-bearer criteria, giving “all powers to the BCCI secretary in relation to cricketing and non-cricketing matters with the management personnel including the CEO reporting to him on a regular basis,” and the BCCI not requiring the approval of the SC if it wants to alter its constitution.

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