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Hit Wicket

Letters with Outlook say the Maharashtra angle was a no-show. But it's a problem with a past.

Hit Wicket Jayachandran

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) elections in Calcutta, on September 29, was vicious even by the take-no-prisoners standards of the body. At the centre of it all were two men, D.C. Agashe and S.G. Balasaheb Thorve, both claiming to be the authorised representative of the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA). Jagmohan Dalmiya, in the chair, called upon the legal opinion of ex-Calcutta chief justice B.P. Banerjee to decide upon their authenticity. Justice Banerjee decreed that since there was a dispute between the MCA's rival factions already pending before the courts, and since the MCA was not allowed to take any major decision without the consent of two court-appointed observers, neither should be allowed to attend the meeting.

Agashe has since moved court, claiming that the elections were illegal and that he was wrongfully disallowed from voting by Dalmiya and his cohorts, to keep Sharad Pawar out of the BCCI. After the final count, the scores were tied, and Dalmiya used his casting vote to elect Ranbir Singh Mahendra over Pawar. The SC is slated to give its ruling on the issue on October 26.

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