New Delhi, April 15
The Supreme Court of India today adjourned the case pertaining to the Indian cricket board (BCCI) and will hear it after two weeks, leaving BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah with more time to stay in charge. The tenures of both had ended in mid-2020. However, the two have continued as the Supreme Court hasn’t been able to take up the matter. The SC had earlier on December 9 deferred the matter to the new year. After that, in February, the Court adjourned the case to March.
The continuous delay has ensured that neither Ganguly nor Shah has been replaced. After being elected BCCI president on October 23, 2019, Ganguly had only 278 days to remain as the BCCI chief as his previous tenure at the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) was added to his BCCI term. He had joined the CAB as a joint secretary in July 2014. So, his BCCI term effectively ended on July 26, 2020. — TNS, agencies
Maximum of 9 years as office-bearer
The new BCCI constitution makes it mandatory for its office-bearers — president, vice-president, secretary, joint secretary, and treasurer — to go into a three-year cooling-off period after being in the chair for six consecutive years, either in the BCCI or its affiliate state associations, or a combination of both. The person can return for another term of three years after the cooling-off period (a person can be an office-bearer in the BCCI for a maximum of nine years and another nine years in a state association). And this is one of the seven crucial rules on which the edifice of the new constitution is erected, and which the BCCI wants amended. Any such amendment would allow the present office-bearers to continue in the chair.