Review petition against BCCI election

CHENNAI, OCT. 7. A review petition seeking to set aside the election of office-bearers of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and to restrain them from discharging the Board-related works has been filed in the Madras High Court.

The petition, filed by Nethaji Cricket Club, also prayed for an appointment of an interim administrator for "conducting the business of the BCCI" during the pendency of the petition.

The matter relates to a single judge order dated September 28, appointing a Commissioner to conduct the BCCI elections, and a Division Bench order the next day setting aside the order.

In its present petition, the Club said, "the entire election process was vitiated and the election of office-bearers of the BCCI was liable to be set aside." Referring to the disqualification of the representative of the Maharashtra Cricket Association from exercising his franchise, the petitioner-club said the single judge as well as the division bench stated that no one should be disqualified from casting a vote and that the constitution and rules and regulations of the BCCI should be strictly adhered to.

Stating that the elections were not fair and were not conducted in a proper manner, it said the newly elected office-bearers should be restrained from functioning till the review petition is disposed of. It had cited the BCCI, the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association, Jagmohan Dalmiya and the Chairman/election officer of the 75th annual general body meeting of the BCCI on September 29 and 30, as respondents.

MCA plea

Meanwhile, Dnyaneshwar Chandrasekar Agashe, who had been prevented from casting his vote on behalf of the Maharashtra Cricket Association at Kolkata on September 29, today filed an application seeking the court's permission to file a similar review petition in the matter.