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SC bars N Srinivasan, Niranjan Shah from attending BCCI SGM

Disqualified BCCI administrators N Srinivasan and Niranjan Shah were on Monday restrained from attending the cricket board's special general body meeting on July 26 by the Supreme Court which directed that only office bearers of state cricket associations can take part in it.

The Apex Court's order assumes importance as for the last few months, both Srinivasan and Shah were participating in the Board's meeting as the nominees of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) and Saurashtra Cricket Association despite being disqualified.
A three-judge bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra also indicated that it was willing to deliberate upon afresh the issues like membership of associations, number of selectors and number of votes.
The Bench, also comprising justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, asked BCCI and state associations concerned to deliberate on implementation of Justice R M Lodha committee recommendations, which were accepted by the Apex Court, "as far as practicable" in the July 26 SGM.
"The SGM shall be held at the time and date fixed. The meeting shall be attended only by the office bearers of the associations, not by nominees or representatives.
"All concerned shall implement the recommendations of the Justice Lodha Committee report as far as practicable, barring the issues which have been raised pertaining to membership, number of members of the selection committee, concept of associate membership, etc," the Bench said.
"The purpose is to implement the report as far as practicable and, thereafter, it shall be debated as to how the scheme of things can be considered so that the cricket, the 'gentleman's game', remains nearly perfect. Be it noted, the issue with regard to disqualification or qualification of the representative is kept open," the Apex Court said.
The Bench has fixed the matter for hearing on August 18 when it will consider two issues — implementation of Lodha committee report as far as practicable by the BCCI and state associations and the two names which are to be chosen to fill up the vacancies that has arisen in the Apex-Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) headed by former CAG Vinod Rai.
During the hearing, the bench observed that once Lodha panel recommendations have been accepted by the top court, it was "obligatory" for all the associations to implement it. "You hold the meeting. Act on the Lodha committee's recommendations as to which will be implemented and which will not be implemented. You send only your office bearers. Do not send N Srinivasan and Niranjan Shah. We do not want to make it adverserial," it said.

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