The Supreme Court has appointed retired Justice L Nageswara Rao to oversee the process of conducting the Hyderabad Cricket Association’s pending elections. The decision was made by a bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Manoj Misra, and Aravind Kumar, who emphasized the need to resolve the impasse surrounding the election process.
The case originated from a dispute over the association’s appointment of former Supreme Court judge Justice Deepak Verma as its ombudsman and ethics officer, which was upheld by the Telangana High Court. Some state cricket clubs challenged this decision, leading to the matter being brought before the Supreme Court.
During the hearing, senior advocate Siddhartha Dave suggested Justice Rao’s name for overseeing the election process. Another counsel pointed out that former international cricketer Mohd Azharuddin was still running the association despite the pending legal case and election.
The Court eventually appointed Justice Rao, who had previously supervised the process of finalizing an electoral college for the Indian Olympic Association. He is also currently overseeing the finalization of IOA’s new draft constitution.
The Supreme Court’s decision is expected to ensure the fair conduct of the Hyderabad Cricket Association’s elections, bringing an end to the prolonged impasse. Justice Rao’s appointment is likely to bring a level of impartiality to the election process, ensuring that it is carried out in a transparent and fair manner.
The Supreme Court’s decision will also have far-reaching consequences for the governance of cricket in India. It highlights the importance of transparency and fairness in the election process of cricket associations across the country.
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