Supreme Court is not convinced about scraping off the mandatory cooling-off period for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) office bearers, against which they have appealed in the apex court. While hearing the petition on Tuesday, Justice DY Chandrachud-led bench said that it can’t micro-manage BCCI as it is an autonomous body. Notably, BCCI has filed a plea in the top court seeking to amend its constitution concerning the tenure of its office bearers.
However, the Supreme Court said that the cooling off period will not be scrapped between the tenures of office bearers as "the purpose of the cooling off period is that there should be no vested interest.”
It further said it will continue with the hearing Wednesday and pass the order. As per the constitution adopted by the BCCI, an office bearer has to undergo a three-year cooling-off period between two consecutive terms in either the state association or the BCCI or both combined.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for BCCI made a few arguments on why the cooling-off period should be scrapped. Mehta said that BCCI is an autonomous body and the changes have been considered by the AGM of the cricket body. To which the bench said "BCCI is an autonomous body. We cannot micro-manage its functioning."
Tushar Mehta tried to explain that the cooling-off period does not help in developing leadership at the grassroots level. "Leadership develops at the grassroots level and it remains in the state association. By the time, his time comes for being elevated to the BCCI; he has to go for a mandatory three-year cooling-off period. One cannot become a member of the BCCI if he is not an active member of the state association,” said Mehta.
He said, adding that holding of the post in state association by a BCCI office bearer should not be considered for the cooling-off period.
(With agency inputs)