CoA shuts the door on Maharashtra Cricket Association elections

Sports Reporter
Saturday, 28 April 2018

Calling it ‘unconstitutional’ the CoA pulls the plug on MCA elections slated for May 2

Pune: The Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) seems to have got deeper and deeper into troubled waters as the Committee of  Administrators (CoA) appointed by the Supreme Court backed Lodha Committee, has slammed MCA’s dubious practice to hold fresh elections  under the amended constitution.

Labelling the proposed May 2 election as “null and void”, the Lodha panel has questioned the conduct of the defunct MCA member Riyaz  Bagwan to push through the elections despite failing to comply with various Lodha panel recommendations.

“The elections proposed to be held on 2nd May 2018 are contrary to the directives issued by the Hon’ble Justice Lodha Committee in exercise of  the powers conferred on it vide the Judgment since the Amended Constitution is not compliant with the Judgment,” a letter written by the COA  to the MCA read.

Sakal Times is in possession of the letter.

The CoA said the MCA faces further sanctions and will be defaulted, if it still pursues to head the same way. Riyaz Bagwan, the sole designated  office-bearer of the MCA remained unavailable to comment on the issue-where prima 
facie he has a big role to play.

Panel warns of more action
“The Committee of Administrators and the BCCI will treat the MCA as a defaulting State Association and shall not recognize the results of such  elections and treat the same as null and void,” the letter further added, underlining the fact that there’s no escape route to the MCA in order to  get done with the elections in a haste.

In the MCA’s Special General Meeting held on April 7, it was declared that it would adopt the reforms suggested by the Lodha panel, and hold  elections at the earliest. With the MCA committee dissolved, according to the rules, the secretary is the sole office-bearer who will conduct  elections, hence the onus is on Bagwan.

According to sources, who did not want to be named, the members don’t know whether the constitution approved by the charity commissioner is  same one approved at the SGM.

It is learnt that Bagwan has already issued nomination forms and sent circular to district units of Maharashtra CA.

Stern talk
The CoA, however are in no mood to let this situation snowball in bigger mess-and have given an uncompromising warning to Bagwan.

“Any person(s) involved in the conduct of or participating in the elections shall be held responsible for having willfully acted in violation of the  Judgment and consequent directions issued by the Hon’ble Justice Lodha Committee,” it clearly stated.

Going forward, the MCA stands in a deserted land and faces battle to keep its integrity intact with a mess that has been created in the  power-tussle. 

It has little choice to abide by the Lodha Panel recommendations, or risk being governed by independent court appointed  administrators.

Mumbai Crikcet Association, which is also known as MCA is currently governed by two retired High Court judges after it failed to abide by the recommendations of the Justice Lodha Committee.

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