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High Court issues notices on ACA affairs

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, July 24 � In response to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed against financial irregularities in the Assam Cricket Association (ACA), the Gauhati High Court today issued notice of motion against Assam Cricket Association president Gautam Roy, treasurer Ghanashyam Baruah and its general secretary Bikash Baruah. Besides, notices were also served on the Home Department, Revenue Department, Director General of Assam Police, Commissioner of Police and the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

The division bench, comprising Justice T Veiphei and Justice PK Saikia, after hearing senior counsel Debojit Saikia and associates, who appeared on behalf of the petitioner, directed all the respondents to reply on August 28, the date fixed for next hearing.

The court, on the basis of the allegation of financial irregularities, also directed the Director General of Assam Police Khagen Sarma to seize all the documents relating to accounts of the ACA in the last 10 years within 48 hours and further directed him to keep the same under his custody until further order.

Advocate Babita Goel appeared on behalf of the respondents.

The PIL, significantly, was filed by former BCCI members and sports organiser Prof Sahajananda Ojha alleging various financial anomalies and administrative lapses in the functioning of the ACA.

The petitioner questioned a number of decisions taken during the governing body meeting held on June 7 wherein a number of decisions, including the one to hand over the under-construction and much-awaited Barsapara cricket stadium from the control of ACA to a six-member trust, was taken.

He also alleged that the present office-bearers in question have refrained from holding the annual general meeting since 2009 and thereby flouting all norms of accounts and finances including the provision of its own constitution.

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High Court issues notices on ACA affairs

GUWAHATI, July 24 � In response to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed against financial irregularities in the Assam Cricket Association (ACA), the Gauhati High Court today issued notice of motion against Assam Cricket Association president Gautam Roy, treasurer Ghanashyam Baruah and its general secretary Bikash Baruah. Besides, notices were also served on the Home Department, Revenue Department, Director General of Assam Police, Commissioner of Police and the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

The division bench, comprising Justice T Veiphei and Justice PK Saikia, after hearing senior counsel Debojit Saikia and associates, who appeared on behalf of the petitioner, directed all the respondents to reply on August 28, the date fixed for next hearing.

The court, on the basis of the allegation of financial irregularities, also directed the Director General of Assam Police Khagen Sarma to seize all the documents relating to accounts of the ACA in the last 10 years within 48 hours and further directed him to keep the same under his custody until further order.

Advocate Babita Goel appeared on behalf of the respondents.

The PIL, significantly, was filed by former BCCI members and sports organiser Prof Sahajananda Ojha alleging various financial anomalies and administrative lapses in the functioning of the ACA.

The petitioner questioned a number of decisions taken during the governing body meeting held on June 7 wherein a number of decisions, including the one to hand over the under-construction and much-awaited Barsapara cricket stadium from the control of ACA to a six-member trust, was taken.

He also alleged that the present office-bearers in question have refrained from holding the annual general meeting since 2009 and thereby flouting all norms of accounts and finances including the provision of its own constitution.