New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday said a person, who is "ineligible" to become an office bearer in the BCCI and state cricket associations, cannot be nominated to take part in the ICC meeting scheduled on April 24.
"How can a man, who is not eligible to contest, be nominated to represent the BCCI? What you cannot do directly, you cannot do indirectly," a bench headed by justice Dipak Misra, A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud said, noting that how can it allow violation of its order.
The observations came when the counsel for the apex court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) sought hearing on the interim plea seeking clarification on whether persons, who are rendered ineligible to hold posts in cricket bodies as per the July 18, 2016 judgment, can be nominated as BCCI representative to take part in the ICC meeting.
"The man who is disqualified stands disqualified...There is a cap of 70 years given by this court. It is difficult to comprehend that a man who is not eligible goes to the ICC to represent the BCCI. We do not want violation of our orders," the bench said.
The bench, however, has fixed the plea of the CoA, headed by former comptroller and auditor general (CAG) Vinod Rai, on the issue for hearing on April 17.
Senior advocate C.U. Singh, appearing for the CoA, asked if can persons like N. Srinivasan and Niranjan Shah, rendered ineligible by virtue of the judgment, can participate in the special general body meeting of the BCCI and be nominated to take part in ICC meeting.
The CoA said the apex court had accepted suggestions of the justice R.M. Lodha panel on the issue of eligibility criteria for becoming office bearers in the BCCI and state cricket bodies and one of the conditions was a person, above the age of 70 years, could not hold an office in these bodies.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal opposed the view saying that he was willing to argue the issue as the judgment prohibited such persons from becoming the office bearers and not from being nominated to such meetings.
Earlier, the apex court had accepted major recommendations of the Lodha committee on reforms in the BCCI including a bar on ministers and civil servants and those above 70 from becoming its members but left it to Parliament to decide whether it should come under RTI and betting on the game should be legalized.
It had also accepted the recommendations of the panel that there should be a CAG nominee in BCCI and one-state-one-vote principle be applied.
Meanwhile, the court modified its March 24 order by which it had asked the CoA to consider the representation of the Puducherry Cricket Association (PCA) and replaced 'PCA' by the the Cricket Association of Puducherry (CAP) as the plea was filed by the CAP.
It asked the CoA to consider the representation of the CAP on various issues including its membership to the BCCI within two weeks from Monday.