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Supreme Court Grants CoA Immunity from BCCI Action; Indian Cricket Board Elections On October 23

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The Supreme Court of India said the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Committee of Administrators (CoA) will be immune to action or proceedings with respect to any act performed in good faith during the tenure, and will be demitted once Sourav Ganguly-led office bearers take charge of the Board.
BCCI Committee of Administrators (CoA) members Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji.

BCCI Committee of Administrators (CoA) members Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji.

The Supreme Court of India bench, comprising Justices SA Bobde and L Nageswara Rao,  said the Board of Control for Cricket in India Committee of Administrators (CoA) shall demit office after the newly-elected representatives of the Board take charge.

Former Indian cricket team skipper Sourav Ganguly, who is set to be elected unopposed as the BCCI president, and the other office bearers will charge following the elections scheduled to be held on October 23.

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The Supreme Court appointed a four-member CoA (Vinod Rai, Ramachandra Guha, Vikaram Limaye and Diana Edulji) on January 30, 2017. The CoA was to oversee the administration of the BCCI during the implementation of the Lodha Committee reforms.

In its order on October 22, the Supreme Court has brought an end to the CoA tenure in Indian cricket administration. The court granted immunity to the committee, comprising of just two members (Rai and Edulji) after Guha and Limaye resigned early in their tenure. The court has also added that the CoA would be immune to action with respect to any move made by it in good faith. No proceedings can be initiated against the member either.

The SC Order

COA to demit office upon assumption of the charge by newly elected BCCI office bearers. They shall stand discharged of all the obligations. The committee shall be immune from action in respect of any act performed by them as CoA in good faith. No proceedings shall be initiated against the member individually or jointly.

The officers who have carried out the directions of the CoA shall also be immune while acting as such. No action shall lie against them without the court’s leave.

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BCCI to incur expenditure with regard to the litigation, discharge of the function of CoA and other officers.

The proposal for remuneration for CoA signed by CEO stands approved by the court. Money maybe disbursed in 48 hours.

The registrar under the TN societies registration act shall take on record the audited accounts of 2018-19 on record. Any objections pertaining to the correctness of accounts shall be dealt with in accordance with law.

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