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KOLKATA: Jagmohan Dalmiya, took his turn to drag the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to court for filing false affidavit and misleading the Calcutta High Court thus committing perjury.

Dalmiya, former BCCI president, who was locked in a court battle with the Board, was cleared by the Calcutta High Court on Friday of the suspension order barring him from contesting any post either in the BCCI or in its affiliated units. Dalmiya filed an application against the BCCI, its chief administrative officer, Prof. R.S. Shetty, for filing the false affidavit.

Upholding Dalmiya’s application against the suspension imposed by the present regime in December 2006, Justice Indira Banerjee observed that the rule under which he was suspended was not registered and as such it was illegal. Later speaking to the media, Mr. Dalmiya said: “my stand is vindicated and truth has prevailed.”

Dalmiya said the BCCI had taken a beating in three cases against him. “First, it took a beating before the Bombay High Court in connection with the criminal case lodged against me. Thereafter, the Supreme Court upheld the order of the Bombay High Court and this time I have got a huge relief from the Calcutta High Court,” he said.

When asked how long the court battle will go on, he said “I will continue to fight and want to see the end of it.”

“My focus is on proper functioning of the BCCI. The Board is a democratic body and it should remain a democratic body,” he contended. Ruling out his chances of contesting in the July 28 annual general meeting of the CAB, Dalmiya said: “it is my home turf. I am always available for the CAB. Whenever members want me I will be there,” he said.

Meanwhile, at the close of time for filing nomination papers for the CAB elections, incumbent president, Prasun Mukherjee, was the lone candidate for the post and is sure to be elected unopposed. There were four for two joint secretaries posts including the two sitting joint secretaries Saradindu Pal and Amitava Banerjee, the former contesting under the Dalmiya camp banner. while the latter from the Mukherjee panel. Apart from the two, Samar Pal, who was defeated in the last election from Mukherjee group, is in fray as the second candidate. Sitting assistant secretary, Biswarup Dey, will be the second candidate from the Dalmiya faction.

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