Supreme Court Order Paves Way For Sourav Ganguly And Jay Shah To Remain In BCCI Posts Till 2025

The Supreme Court on Monday allowed the BCCI to amend its Constitution pertaining to cooling-off period for its office bearers, clearing the way for extension of the terms of BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah. A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Hima Kohli said the cooling-off period would apply after two consecutive terms at state assocition or BCCI.

“We are of the considered view that the amendment would not dilute the original objective. We accept the proposed amendment,” the court said.

In its petition, the BCCI has sought the abolition of a cooling-off period for its office bearers. This will enable Sourav Ganguly and Jay Shah to continue as BCCI president and secretary respectively despite them having completed six years at respective state cricket associations.

While Ganguly was an office bearer in the Cricket Association of Bengal, Shah had served in the Gujarat Cricket Association.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the BCCI, had told the court that as per earlier orders, the constitution could only be amended with the leave of the court, and hence the cricket body moved an application in this regard.

The original petitioner in the case, Aditya Verma, has said that a lot of irregularities were taking place in Bihar Cricket Association and its constitution was being changed without the leave of the court.

Earlier, the Justice R M Lodha-led committee had recommended reforms in the BCCI, which have been accepted by the top court.

The constitution of the 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 the BCCI.

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