Madras HC reserves verdict on plea against BCCI representing India

The Madras High Court on March 12, 2019 reserved its verdict on a public interest litigation petition filed by a Delhi-based woman seeking a direction to the Centre to de-recognise BCCI and its affiliated bodies and associations as the official representative of India.

The plea seeks to restrain the Board of Control for Cricket in India and its affiliated bodies from claiming to be official representatives of the country during international matches. The plea was heard by a division bench of the court comprising Justices S Manikumar and Subramonium Prasad, which reserved its order after hearing arguments from both the sides.

Key Highlights

In the petition, the petitioner from Delhi - Geeta Rani, sought a direction to the central government to create a body of its own and register it under the International Cricket Council. to be the official representative of the nation.

The petitioner stated that only such a body should be authorised to select cricket players for representing the Indian team in international matches.

The petitioner also sought a direction to the central government to take legal action against the members of BCCI to represent the nation at the national and international level without any permission, authority or sanction from the government.

The petitioner also sought a direction to the central government to take suitable action for violation of section 3 of the Emblem and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act against the BCCI and its affiliated bodies and associations.

However, opposing the case, senior counsel P.R. Raman, representing the BCCI, questioned the right or capacity of the petitioner to file such a case.

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