Mumbai: Oct 3, 2013
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday took strong exception to former President Shashank Manohar‘s attempt to get his name expunged from the legal cases against the board with secretary Sanjay Patel saying that the move amounts to shirking responsibility.
“There was no question of affidavit [filed by Manohar in the Bombay Hight Court] being discussed. But [what was discussed] was the case fought by Shashank Manohar in his individual way (capacity) leaving aside the other office bearers and the employees of BCCI. That thing was discussed. Members were not happy with the kind of thing that has happened,” Patel said in Mumbai.
“BCCI rules and regulations and memorandum is very clear. The board is functioning under the superintendence (authority) of the president. The entire board is together on the issue. That is why, the issue was discussed in the AGM and the members have shown their displeasure,” he added.
Manohar had submitted an affidavit in the High Court to clear his name from the cases filed against the BCCI by the Enforcement Directorate.
Giving a relief to him, the court on August 7 quashed and set aside a notice issued by ED directing Manohar to appear before the agency over allegations of foreign exchange violations in the 2009 Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament held in South Africa.
A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice MS Sancklecha, while quashing the ED notice, observed that ED had not considered the material placed by Manohar before it.
The ED, on June 6, 2013, had issued notice initiating adjudication proceedings against Manohar under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) regarding a bank account opened in South Africa by BCCI and IPL ahead of the cricketing event.
The agency had issued the notice asking the former BCCI president to appear before them, pursuant to a show cause notice sent earlier to Manohar.
“The agency had not considered the material placed by Manohar before it stating that he was not involved in the opening of the bank account and that he had advised the IPL Governing Council to inform the RBI (Reserve Bank of India) before opening an account,” the High Court bench said.