The case of extending the tenure of office bearers including Sourav Ganguly, Jay Shah
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Monday filed an intervening application in Supreme Court against the BCCI’s move to make amendments to give more tenure to its President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah. After Supreme Court’s landmark judgment in 2018, the maximum tenure at stretch for continuing in State Cricket Associations and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in total is limited to six years, and a cooling-off period of three years for again becoming office bearers.
In his 28-page petition, Subramanian Swamy pointed out that the BCCI petition seeking Supreme Court’s approval for amending its constitution is to derail the landmark judgment of 2018. “That it is submitted that this Hon’ble Court in the instant matter by its Judgment dated August 9, 2018, ruled that it is necessary to ensure against the concentration of power in the hands of a few individuals. It is also submitted most respectfully that the “proposed rule” in lieu of the Amendment is a method to curtail and destroy the essential “cooling off period” thereby, resulting in a monopoly of power in the hands of a few individuals. The proposed amendments are aimed at destroying the quintessence of the Judgments of this Honourable Court and therefore this amount to a violation of the Judgment of this Honourable Court.
“That it is submitted that the aforesaid “Proposed Rules 7.3, 15(3) & 4, 19(2) and 6.5 are in contradiction with the safeguards against the developments of vested personal interests and against the concentration of powers in few hands; thereby negating the destroying the important concept of the cooling off period. That is submitted that the proposed rules are concentrating powers in the hands of few officials only, thereby inviting a few individuals from regarding the administration of cricket as a personal tuff,” said Swamy in his intervening application objecting BCCI’s petition for amending its constitution to give more tenure to Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah and Sourav Ganguly.
BCCI on Friday approached the apex court for an early listing of their petition for amending its constitution. Supreme Court intervened in the murky cricket administration after a series of cases and formed Justice R M Lodha Committee to bring reforms in the game’s administration which is often shared mainly by BJP, Congress, and NCP leaders for the past three decades. Interestingly, the ruling BJP party which always opposes the dynasty in politics, brought Jay Shah, when father Amit Shah resigned from the President post of Gujarat Cricket Association, which was earlier held by then Chief Minister Narendra Modi for a long time. Then all of a sudden novice Jay Shah became BCCI Secretary.
In January 2015, the Justice RM Lodha-led committee recommended reforms in the BCCI which have been accepted by the top court. According to the recommendations, there should be a three-year cooling-off period for the office bearers of the BCCI after a tenure of six years once a post comes to an end at the state cricket association or at the BCCI level.
The BCCI, in its proposed amendment, has sought the abolition of the cooling-off period for its office bearers which would enable BCCI president Ganguly and secretary Shah to continue in office despite them having completed six years at respective state cricket associations. The constitution of 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 in BCCI.
As per current norms, Sourav Ganguly’s tenure ended in 2020 as he became President of the West Bengal Cricket Association in 2014. Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah’s tenure ended in 2019 as he became president of the Gujarat Cricket Association in 2013.
 BCCI approach SC to get more tenure for Jay Shah and Sourav Ganguly by amending the constitution – Jul 15, 2022, PGurus.com
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