By- Ritika Singh

BACKGROUND

Allahabad High Court has sought acknowledgment from the board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) within a period of six weeks on a PIL striving a direction for “uniform criteria of age determination for cricket players during selection”.

Yesterday the Court issued the notices on a PIL filed by Prem Kumar Singh alleging the different processes for selection as “discriminatory and hence bad in eyes of law”.

The petitioner’s counsel Manjeev Shukla alleged that in some places a player’s age was determined through a medical examination, while at others it was based on documents.

The plea which has been filed stated: “…petitioner would like to take indulgence of this Hon’ble Court in respect of deteriorating condition of cricket game in State of U.P. on account of corruption, favoritism and illegalities committed by the persons whose personal interest has been vested and to achieve their ill motive and gain undue benefits by using the game of cricket whole by the disqualified persons. The petitioner is a person interested in improvement of the cricket game and he has only concern to select the players on merits.”

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DIRECTIONS

To issue a writ, order or direction in the nature of Mandamus directing the Respondent no.2 (BCCI) not to recognize the UPCA company and release fund to Respondent no.1(UPCA company).

To issue a writ, order or direction in the nature of Mandamus directing the BCCI to recognize only duly constituted cricket society formed under Societies Registration Act in accordance with judgment of Hon’ble Supreme Court dated 18/07/2016 and 09/08/2018 and constitution of BCCI for the state of Uttar Pradesh.

To issue a writ, order or direction in the nature of Mandamus directing the office-bearers and chairman/members of committees of UPCA i.e. Directors, President, Hony. Secretary, Selectors etc. those have stand disqualified as mentioned in body of this Writ Petition (PIL)to leave their respective post immediately.

To appoint a probe committee to find out embezzlement of the fund of UPCA registered under society act (public fund) unauthorizedly taken over by the UPCA registered under Companies Act in the year 2005 and its founder members and also other corrupt practices of UPCA under supervision of this Hon’ble Court.

To issue a writ, order or direction in the nature of Mandamus directing the UPCA to evolve the proper mechanism of selection by preparing electoral list as mentioned in the body of the Writ Petition(PIL)and election process starts from the root of all Districts of U.P.to elect office bearers of Districts and Districts office bearers only be permitted to elect office bearers of UPCA by abolishing present system of Company.

Issue any other suitable writ, order or direction which this Hon’ble Court may deem fit and proper in the circumstances of the case.

Award cost of this petition to the petitioner.

A bench comprising of Justices Biswanath Somadder and Yogendra Kumar Srivastava adjourned the matter to Feb 12.

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CONCLUSION

The spirit of sports will be destroyed if such ill management will not be taken care of, innumerous times the biased system has created severe circumstances for the eligible candidates who have actually worked hard for their success, but on the other hand, the opposite side should also be given their chance to state their point.