BCCI amendment: Petition sent to Supreme Court larger bench

The Supreme Court Thursday referred to a larger bench a petition by former Indian cricket board president A.C. Muthia challenging the amendment to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) rules that permitted its officebearers to own IPL T20 teams.

The apex court bench referred the matter to a larger bench following a divergence of views between Justice J.M. Panchal and Justice Gyan Sudha Misra.

Justice Panchal dismissed the petition challenging the amendment, which permitted BCCI secretary N. Srinivasan to own Chennai Superkings. On the other hand, Justice Misra allowed the appeal saying if Srinivasan wanted to continue to hold the franchise of Chennai Superkings he would have to give up his position in BCCI.

BCCI rules prohibited its officebearers from engaing in activities that conflict with the commercial interest of the cricketing body. However, this provision was amended to facilitate its officebearers from having stake in IPL T20 teams.

Justice Panchal said the matter may be placed before Chief Justice S.H. Kapadia for necessary directions

Two DDA employees, aide sent to jail in corruption case

A Delhi court Saturday awarded varying jail terms, with a maximum of three years, to two Delhi Development Authority (DDA) employees and their accomplice in a corruption case.

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge Pradeep Chaddah said: ‘The menace of corruption has entered into each and every segment of the society. Because lenient views have been taken in the past, we have reached the present hopeless situation.’

All the three, including a DDA assistant director, were arrested in 2001 by the CBI on a complaint of Chattar Singh, a resident of Nangloi.

‘The officials had demanded Rs.5,000 bribe from him for issuing a no objection certificate (NOC) for his property,’ Singh alleged in his complaint, adding that the NOC was required as he wanted to take a loan against his property.

The court said: ‘DDA Assistant Director Pradeep Kumar Sharma and clerk Ved Prakash are awarded three years jail.’

The court has also imposed a fine of Rs.1 lakh on each of the two convicts.

Tea vendor Inderjeet, who acted as their conduit, was awarded one-year jail term along with a fine of Rs.20,000.

The CBI arrested the DDA employees from their office when the complainant was paying Rs.3,000 as bribe to them.