New Delhi: Former BCCI president Shashank Manohar on Thursday questioned Board's decision to postpone the Annual General Body Meeting, scheduled for November 20, saying it was against the constitution of the cricket body.
The counsel of the BCCI today told the Supreme Court that the AGM has been postponed soon after it was disclosed that N Srinivasan was one of the individuals probed by the Mudgal Committee in the spot-fixing scandal.
Manohar said that the Board has no authority to postpone the AGM after a decision was taken by the Working Committee. "During the hearing before the Supreme Court today, the names of N Srinivasan, Sundaraman, Meiyappan and Raj Kundra are disclosed. This means that the said persons are prima facie indicted in the report," Manohar said in a press release.
"It appears that during the hearing, as soon as the names of Srinivasan and Meiyappan were disclosed, the Counsel for the Board made a request for the postponement of the AGM and elections scheduled to be held on 20th Nov. Once the date of the AGM was fixed by the Working Committee, the same could not and cannot be altered by any Office Bearer of the Board as they do not have authority to do so," he said.
Manohar said that under the BCCI constitution, the decisions taken by the Working Committee or the General Body are final.
"It is thus evident that the instructions given to the Board counsel are only with an intent to suit Mr Srinivasan as that would ensure that he still remains a back seat driver. The moot question that needs to be answered is - Who gave the Board counsel instructions to plead for postponement of the AGM," he said.
"Under the Board Constitution, though it is mandatory to hold the AGM on or before 30th September, the Working Committee meeting which was attended by Mr Srinivasan fixed the date of the AGM as 20th of November probably hoping that the names of Mr N Srinivasan and Meiyappan would be cleared."
Manohar wondered what will happen to the affairs of the Board if the investigation/hearing goes on for some time. "The second question that comes to mind is - if the investigation/hearing pulls on for several years, then will the Board keep functioning under the same set up?," he asked.
He charged Srinivasan of running the Board affairs from the backdoor and made an appeal to "all members of the Board to rise to the occasion and prevent the Board and the Game from being further destroyed".
"Mr Srinivasan, the President of BCCI has been prohibited from participating in the functioning of the Board since last several months. In spite of being prohibited he continues to run the Board which is amply evident from the Board functioning. For example the allotment of International Matches to Centers by flouting the long practice of rotation adopted by the Board," he said.
"The image of the Board is tarnished by the actions and the attitude of Mr Srinivasan. The gentleman's game as the game of cricket has long been known and the reputation of the Board is at its lowest due to the egoistic and autocratic behaviour of one individual.
"The Board and the game of Cricket is bigger than any individual and it is the responsibility and duty of every individual connected with the game to preserve the dignity and integrity of the Game," he added.