Hyderabad: There seems to be no end to the one-upmanship in the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) despite the Association coming under the scanner of the Supreme Court. The Apex Court had taken the HCA officials to task in its first hearing and on Wednesday gave a temporary order wherein it asked President Mohammed Azharuddin and secretary R Vijayanand to jointly sign the cheques.
The order said: “Till these matters are finally heard by this court, and with the consent of the parties, we deem it appropriate to direct both the President and the Secretary of the Hyderabad Cricket Association to jointly sign the cheques so that the day-to-day functioning of the Association is not hampered for the time being,” the three-judge bench of Chief Justice of India N V Ramana, Justice Surya Kant and Justice Hima Kohli said in its order.
Azharuddin, on Wednesday evening, had issued a notification on what the SC order meant for the day-to-day working of the Association. However, this did not go down well with the Secretary, who feels his role has been curtailed by the President.
On Thursday, an angry Vijayanand shot off a letter to Azharuddin raising a few points on his role and the running of the association till further orders.
“While the order clearly states ‘Secretary’, you chose to mention ‘Secretary (under suspension)’. Assuming that the Secretary is under suspension like you mentioned, would the court direct a suspended Secretary to be a co-signatory for HCA bank operations?’’ he asked in the letter.
Vijayanand said that the President was giving his own twist to the SC order. “You chose to give your own version that the Secretary’s cheque signing powers are limited to Canara Bank, Dilsukhnagar branch, while no such thing is specified in the order. You cannot add or delete Supreme Court orders.’’
He further pointed out that “Nowhere in the order the names of any others are taken and how did you choose to include the lines which are not there. Where in the order is it mentioned that the Apex Council will have three members – yourself, Mr. Parth Satwalkar and Ms. Subhadra Suri? How can three members form a quorum for an Apex Council, while the Rule 15(8) of HCA constitution clearly states that the Apex Council needs to have a five-member quorum to function?’’
Vijayanand pointed out that the Supreme Court order is clear and cannot be contravened or twisted. “As far as I understand, your interpretation is misleading…… and is subject to contempt of court.”
“The HCA bye-laws clearly define roles and responsibilities for everyone and no individual has unfettered powers. The Secretary will fully perform all his duties in compliance with the constitution and you, as the President, stick to your duties and not transgress into matters of CAC, selections and administration. No Association can be run by one person as this is a Society and not a proprietary concern,’’ he stated categorically.
Tanmay-led Hyderabad to play in Mushtaq Ali
Hyderabad: The Tanmay Agarwal-led Hyderabad team, selected by Ahmed Quadri and his panel, will play in the T20 Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament. The team includes India A captain G Hanuma Vihari and pacer Mohd Siraj. Hyderabad is placed in Group E and will play their league fixtures in Haryana which start from November 4. Incidentally, secretary R Vijayanand’s selection panel of Noel David and Co, too selected a team in which Vihari was the captain.
However, the selection of a jumbo team of 25 members by Quadri’s panel has raised a hornet’s nest. The selection of a few players, close to the office bearers and influential club secretaries, also raised a few eyebrows. Deserving players were overlooked yet again leading to an uproar in the cricket circles. “How can a 25-member team be selected? It is a gross violation of power. There were no proper selection trials and players with less average are in the team. We are victims of the biased selections,’’ said an angry parent.
The surprise omission is of all-rounder Bhagath Varma, who was part of the winning Chennai Super Kings team.
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