Supreme Court passes landmark decision; BCCI President Sourav Ganguly & Secretary Jay Shah to remain in post for three more years

Xtra Time Web Desk: In a landmark decision the Supreme Court on Wednesday passed the order to amend the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) constitution which will see President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah to remain in post for another three years.

A two-judge bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud and Hima Kohli heard the BCCI legal counsel Tushar Mehta, who is also solicitor general of India, along with amicus curiae Maninder Singh and passed the decision.

The matter came up for discussion in the apex court on Tuesday for the first time in two years. The matter was originally filed in December 2019. The board then filed a fresh application in April 2020 and has been pressing the court to hear the matter urgently considering the outcome would have a significant bearing on the BCCI’s elections scheduled for late September.

Among the key reforms the BCCI has asked the court to review are the mandatory cooling-off period for its office-bearers, modifying the disqualification criteria for holding office, giving unprecedented powers to the board secretary, and preventing the court from having a say if the BCCI wants to alter its constitution in the future.