CoA slams Srinivasan, Niranjan Shah in its status report to SC

RSTV Bureau

File Photo of Supreme Court of India building in New Delhi.

In its fourth status report submitted to the Supreme Court, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) has slammed former BCCI office bearers N Srinivasan and Niranjan Shah and accused them of stalling Lodha panel recommendations.

“The SGM held on June 26 was manifestly disruptive….The SGM on June 26 was attended by various persons who are disqualified from being office bearers of BCCI and/or their respective state/member associations including N Srinivasan (represented TNCA) and Niranjan Shah (Saurashtra CA) amongst others…Such disqualified persons have a vested interest in stalling implementation of judgement because if the judgement is implemented, such disqualified person will have to relinquish control over their respective state associations,” said the report submitted to the apex court.

The COA also mentioned that state units were trying to find a way to accommodate disqualified people as the Supreme Court order only speaks of debarring disqualified office bearers from attending the BCCI meetings.

The COA also submitted an audio file to the court that indicates that during the June 26 meeting, some disqualified members “tried to hijack” the meeting.

People like Shah without holding any post are taking advantage as there is no definition of status of an ordinary member for attending BCCI SGM, stated the report.

The report is said to have praised acting Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary for trying to work towards implementing reforms. But treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhary – a Srinivasan loyalist – is called a “mute spectator”.

The COA expressed its helplessness in building consensus among State Units.

“During the intervening period of three months since CoA filed third status report, every effort has been made by the CoA to build consensus among constituent members of BCCI for adoption of new BCCI constitution. The CoA held two meetings, on May 6 (a day before SGM) and June 25 (a day before SGM) in an attempt to build consensus but all these efforts were to no avail.”

This was the fourth status report filed by CoA. The earlier reports were filed on February 27, March 17 and April 7.

(With inputs from PTI)