Supreme Court appoints Maninder Singh as amicus curiae in BCCI mattertext_fields
New Delhi: Senior advocate Maninder Singh was appointed as amicus curiae on Thursday by the Supreme Court to assist it in a matter related to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The court also posted the hearing on a plea by BCCI, seeking an amendment of its constitution concerning tenure of office bearers, on June 28, PTI reported.
A bench of Chief Justice of India NV Ramana along with Justices Krishna Murari and Hima Kohli made the appointment after previous amicus curiae got elevated as a Supreme Court judge.
The bench said, "We will appoint senior advocate Maninder Singh as an amicus in place of P S Narasimha (now Justice P S Narasimha)."
"We will appoint senior advocate Maninder Singh as an amicus in place of P S Narasimha (now Justice P S Narasimha)."
The plea of the cricket body seeks to amend its constitution concerning the tenure of its office bearers, including its President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah, by doing away with the mandatory cooling-off period between tenures of office bearers across state cricket associations and the BCCI.
Justice Lodha's committee had earlier made recommendations for reforms in BCCI, and the top court had accepted them. The committee recommended that there should be a three-year cooling-off period for the office bearers of the BCCI after a tenure of six years once a post comes to an end at the state cricket association or the BCCI level.
Meanwhile, BCCI tabled the amendment of the abolition of the cooling-off period, enabling Ganguly and Shah to continue in office despite them having completed six years at respective state cricket associations.
The constitution of BCCI, which has been approved by the top court, 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.
Ganguly was an office bearer in the Cricket Association of Bengal, and Shah served in Gujarat Cricket Association.