PIL against BCCI quashes by Madras HC saying petitioners attempt to interfere in internal activities

Madras High Court

Chennai: Yesterday, on 18th April, a Public Interest Litigation which was brought up before the honourable Madras High Court against the BCCI- Board of Control for Cricket in India, quashed by the court, saying the same was a clear attempt to interface into the daily activities of the BCCI.

Honourable Madras High Court’s concerned bench of Chief Justice- S. K. Kaul and Justice- S. Vaidyanathan was considering the plea filed by R. K. Raghavan- the former IPS officer and other seven against BCCI.

The petitioner- former IPS officer and others were claiming to forbear the Chairman of ICC- International Cricket Council and also BCCI from agreeing to receive any amount lower than the agreed contribution from the total revenue of ICC. In actual the said agreed contribution is tagged at a twenty- one per cents of the revenue share.

It was seen that at the earlier stage, when the said petition was brought before the High Court’s concerned Bench, it was suggested to the petitioners that they should move to the appropriate civil forum with the civil suit, as such, it was made clear that using the PIL as weapon relief cannot be opted as there was no public issue involved.

It was also seen earlier that the present matter was adjourned by the Bench till 20th day of April, and meanwhile the senior lawyer- N. Vijay Narayanan seeming seeking a day’s time so that he could get instructions from the petitioners.

Mr. Raghavan, who was also a former Director of CBI- Central Bureau of Investigation contended that he learnt through Media about the facts that there was a special general body meeting of the BCCI which was held on 19th day of February, and its member- Shashank Manohar who is also a chairman in ICC obtained approval to re- negotiate a downward revision, a decrease of six percent of the revenue share which was agreed to India by the ICC.

Thus, as per the petitioners, the so proposed reduced amount will be restricted at three thousand crores only and this will be less.

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