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Supreme Court appoints senior advocate Maninder Singh as amicus curiae in BCCI matter, to hear plea on July 28

A bench comprising Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justices Krishna Murari and Hima Kohli took note of the fact that an earlier amicus curia, P S Narasimha has now been elevated as a judge of the apex court.

Ritesh Pathak Author

Published on - 21 July 2022 5:36 pm

The wait for a decision on the plea of BCCI seeking an amendment to its constitution has been further elongated with the Supreme Court deciding to hear the matter on 28 July. However, the apex court has appointed senior advocate Maninder Singh as amicus curiae to assist in the matter. Notably, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has filed a plea seeking the court’s permission for amending its constitution concerning the tenure of office bearers.

A bench comprising Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justices Krishna Murari and Hima Kohli took note of the fact that an earlier amicus curia, P S Narasimha has now been elevated as a judge of the apex court. “We will appoint senior advocate Maninder Singh as an amicus in place of P S Narasimha (now Justice P S Narasimha),” said the bench and fixed the plea of BCCI for hearing on July 28.

Earlier on Wednesday, the apex court had adjourned the hearing for Thursday at the request of Harish Salve, a senior advocate representing the Indian cricket board. The court had agreed to list the plea for an urgent hearing after PS Patwalia had reminded that the matter has been pending for two years now.

What is the amendment sought by BCCI?

The current constitution of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which has been approved by the top court stipulates a mandatory three-year cooling-off period for anyone who had served two consecutive terms of three years each in the state cricket association or BCCI. This was done when Justice RM Lodha-led committee had recommended reforms in the BCCI which have been accepted by the top court.

Now, the Indian cricket board wants to abolish the cooling-off period for its office bearers which would enable President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah to continue in office despite them having completed six years at respective state cricket associations. Notably, while Ganguly was an office bearer in the Cricket Association of Bengal before taking his role in BCCI, Shah had served in the Gujarat Cricket Association.

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