Senior advocate Maninder Singh appointed as amicus curiae by SC in BCCI case

A bench comprising Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justices Krishna Murari and Hima Kohli appointed Maninder Singh as amicus curiae.

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The Supreme Court has appointed the senior advocate and a former additional solicitor general of India, Maninder Singh, as amicus curiae for the case related to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). PS Narasimha, who served in the position previously, had been appointed as the justice, and hence, Maninder replaced him.

A bench comprising Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justices Krishna Murari and Hima Kohli had taken the decision of appointment and fixed the hearing on the plea of the cricket body for amending its Constitution to July 28.

“We will appoint senior advocate Maninder Singh as an amicus in place of P S Narasimha (now Justice P S Narasimha),” said the bench, as quoted by Sportstar.

Date of amendments awaited to decide the tenures of Sourav Ganguly and Jay Shah

The court adjourned the case on April 16, 2021, and the date of amendments is awaited to decide the tenures of BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah. The constitution of BCCI stipulates a mandatory three-year cooling-off period for anyone who had served two consecutive terms of three years each in the state cricket association or BCCI. While Ganguly had served in the Bengal Association, Jay Shah was part of the Gujarat State Association before taking up their roles in BCCI.

The ‘cooling-off period’ was a suggestion made by the Justice R.M. Lodha Committee in 2018, which stated “the game will be better off without cricketing oligopolies,” and the court was happy to take note of it.

According to the current constitution, Ganguly and Shah won’t be allowed to extend their time with the BCCI as their tenure comes to an end later this year. They will not be allowed to serve in the state associations for the next three years until the cooling period gets over.

Indian cricket has grown in leaps and bounds since the arrival of Sourav Ganguly and Shah into the BCCI and the results are evident in the tours to overseas countries. However, their future on the board remains in jeopardy though they can be reappointed after three years according to the current constitution.

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