Ganguly Shah Hearing: Supreme Court allows BCCI to amend its constitution on tenures of office bearers

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Ganguly Shah Hearing: Supreme Court allows BCCI to amend its constitution on tenures of office bearers
Ganguly Shah Hearing: Supreme Court allows BCCI to amend its constitution on tenures of office bearers

Ganguly Shah Hearing: Supreme Court allows BCCI to amend its constitution on tenures of office bearers

Ganguly Shah Hearing: Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to amend its constitution relating to the cooling-off period for the president, secretary among other office-bearers.

Sourav Ganguly, the board president, and Jay Shah, the secretary, would be able to serve BCCI for longer thanks to this adjustment. The BCCI’s “cooling down” period for the president, secretary, and other office bearers was being discussed in the Supreme Court.

A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Hima Kohli allowed BCCI to amend its constitution. “We are of the considered view that the amendment would not dilute the original objective. We accept the proposed amendment,” the bench said.

“Amendment proposed by BCCI does not detract from the spirit of our original judgment and is accepted,” it said.

Ganguly Shah Hearing: Supreme Court allows BCCI to amend its constitution on tenures of office bearers
Ganguly Shah Hearing: Supreme Court allows BCCI to amend its constitution on tenures of office bearers

The President, Secretary, and other office bearers’ “cooling down” period governed by norms that BCCI had requested approval to amend. The appeal also asked for guidance on how BCCI Secretary Jay Shah and President Sourav Ganguly’s terms should extended. In 2020, the petition submitted.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had previously filed a petition with the Supreme Court asking for an immediate hearing on a request for authorization to change six provisions in the board’s constitution.

In September 2022, Sourav Ganguly’s term as BCCI president and Jay Shah’s as BCCI secretary will come to an end.

AGM on December 1, 2019, the General Body of the BCCI recommended six revisions, one of which was to Rule 6 of the Constitution, which prohibited office holders for the BCCI and state boards from serving for more than six years in a row.

Currently, anyone who has held position in the BCCI, a state cricket organisation, or both must go through a required 3-year “cooling off period” after serving a maximum of six years in office.

They not permitted to serve in a state body or the BCCI during this time. For the following three years, this would effectively prevent the existing BCCI office holders. From holding any positions within the BCCI or any state boards.

Jay Shah had been an office bearer in the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) since 2013. While Ganguly had presided over the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) from 2014 till his elevation to the BCCI.