NEW DELHI: The Indian cricket board (BCCI) is close to forming a stable body after the upcoming elections but the incumbent office-bearers – acting president CK Khanna, acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary and treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry – have not been invited to attend the upcoming general body meeting (AGM) on October 23.
The Supreme Court-appointed committee of administrators (CoA), which has been running the board affairs for the last two and a half years, had sent the accounts and balance sheets to the office-bearers to clear them.
“The office-bearers have been waiting for the CoA to ask them to attend the AGM. Once the accounts were sent to get their signatures, they anticipated that they would also be called for the meeting. But nothing of that sort has happened. The BCCI constitution says that the president should chair the AGM,” a senior BCCI official told TOI on Wednesday.
Chaudhry had signed the documents under protest a few days ago. CoA had issued an advisory for the AGM, which is also slated to see the elections, on October 23.
“The CoA can’t subvert the constitutional rights of the office-bearers. All the bitterness between the office-bearers and CoA aside, the three office-bearers need to be present to demit office at least. These office-bearers were recognized by the Supreme Court. BCCI’s tradition has been that the incumbent office-bearers hand over the duties to the newly elected ones. The incumbent office-bearers’ role is to clear all doubts regarding documents and accounts that may crop up from any member on the day,” the official said.
TOI tried reaching out to CoA chairman Vinod Rai but he didn’t respond to the queries.