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SC allows BCCI to amend its constitution on tenures of office bearers

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The Supreme Court granted the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) permission to change its constitution on the cooling-off period for the president, secretary, and other office-bearers on Wednesday.

This modification may allow board President Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah to serve on the BCCI for lengthier terms. The Supreme Court was considering modifying BCCI regulations regarding the “cooling down” time for the president, secretary, and other office bearers.

BCCI was granted permission to modify its constitution by a bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Hima Kohli.

“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.

BCCI had sought permission to change the rules relating to the “cooling off” period for the President, secretary and other office bearers. The petition also sought a direction for the extension of the tenure of BCCI President, Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah. The petition was filed in 2020.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), earlier moved the Supreme Court seeking an urgent hearing on a plea for approval to amend six rules of the board’s constitution.

The tenure of Sourav Ganguly as BCCI president and Jay Shah as BCCI secretary is set to expire in September 2022.

During an AGM on December 1, 2019, the General Body of the BCCI recommended six revisions, including one to Rule 6 of the Constitution, which prohibited BCCI and state board office bearers from serving for more than six consecutive years.

According to current laws, anyone who has held an office in the BCCI, a state cricket organisation, or any combination of the two must serve a necessary three-year “cooling off period” after serving a maximum six-year term in office.

During an AGM on December 1, 2019, the General Body of the BCCI recommended six revisions, including one to Rule 6 of the Constitution, which prohibited BCCI and state board office bearers from serving for more than six consecutive years.

According to current laws, anyone who has held an office in the BCCI, a state cricket organisation, or any combination of the two must serve a necessary three-year “cooling off period” after serving a maximum six-year term in office.

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