Indore: Justice S K Seth of the Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court on Thursday refused to hear the case related to disqualification of 20 members of Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA), and referred it to the Chief Justice.
No relief was granted to any of the 19 petitioners, who have challenged termination of their membership of MPCA by the Registrar of Firms and Societies, ahead of annual elections of the state cricket body on August 26.
Justice Seth referred the case to the Chief Justice, after H S Sodhi, one of the petitioners, alleged that they may not get justice due to political pressure and interference, Additional Advocate General Manoj Dwivedi, said while talking to reporters later.
Sodhi also told the High Court that a writ petition on the matter was already filed before the Jabalpur bench.
This petition said there is a "lot of political overtone" to the dispute.
MPCA president and Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and former India player Narendra Hirwani also lost their memberships, but they have not moved the high court. Of the 19 petitions, one is by MPCA.
The termination followed complaint by MPCA member Leeladhar Paliwal. MPCA Chairman M K Bhargawa had alleged that state Industry and Commerce Minister Kailash Vijayvergiya was behind the termination of memberships.