Parikh challenges MCA ban on employees fighting polls

Updated: Sep 25, 2013, 16:03 PM IST

Mumbai: After BCCI General Manager Ratnakar Shetty`s threat to challenge the Mumbai Cricket Association`s decision barring BCCI employees from contesting the biennial elections, BCCI President N Srinivasan`s assistant Mayank Parikh has filed a case against the MCA questioning the same in a city court.

"I have filed a suit in a city civil court. It is for changing the rules, without getting it into the general body. It could come for hearing by Friday," Parikh told PTI on Wednesday.

The MCA managing committee, at its meeting on July 23, had amended the eligibility rule by debarring anyone who is a paid employee of its parent body BCCI, including the National Cricket Academy, and coaches or employees of various IPL franchises, from contesting the elections.

This was widely perceived to have been done to debar Shetty, who is employed with the board as general manager (game development), from contesting the polls.

Shetty had said, "we (my lawyers and I) are challenging it for sure. But I can`t say when."

Interestingly, Parikh owns the Bombay Union Sports Club that Shetty represents, while he will also represent his other club Victory Cricket Club.

Asked if he is going to contest the October 18 elections, Parikh said, "it is too early to take a decision, but this (suit) is against their unconstitutional decison."

Parikh, who was also the logistics manager in 2011, when India won the World Cup, said he has not jointly filed a case with Shetty.

"I have alone filed it in the city civil court. As far as Shetty is concerned I don`t know," he said.

The MCA, however, has not recived the communication yet, joint secretary Nitin Dalal said.