Refusing to hear arguments from different “factions” in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) regarding recommendations given by the Justice Mukul Mudgal committee, the Delhi High court on Monday asked for “consolidated affidavits” arguing in favour of or against teh recommendations.
“We will not allow everyone to argue. All of you have common interests, you choose who argues for you,” observed the court of justice S Ravindra bhat and justice Deepa Sharma.
“all parties who seek to support or oppose the committee report should file consolidated affidavit,” directed the bench.
The observation was made after a number of lawyers attempted to submit argumnets over the issue of administration of the DDCA. The bench has been hearing a plea filed by teh DDCA for clearance to use the ferozeshah Kotla stadium for international cricket matches.
While the DDCA president in an affidavit had only “partly” agreed with the recommendations of the committee, a group of eight members of teh DDCA, including Vice President Chetan Chauhan had also moved the court in support of the report, stating that the reports were “for the betterment of cricket in the city of Delhi.” The directors have also sought “immediate implementation” of the recommendations, which include scrutiny by the BCCI and appointment of a full time CEO to manage the affairs of the DDCA. Mudgal has been acting as the “administrator” to “oversee” organisation of cricket matches by the DDCA since November 2015.
The Lawyer representing the DDCA however argued that the cricket body would “anyway have to change” to implement the directions of the Supreme court appointed Justice Lodha Committee, and that the body had stated on affidavit that it would follow the recommendations of the Mudgal Committee for reform of the DDCA. The lawyer furtehr argued that the DDCA should be “given opportunity” to administer its work on its own, before the upcoming India New Zealand series in October.