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BHOPAL, SEPT. 20 . Questioning the locus standi of the petitioner before a local court, the Board of Control for Cricket in India today sought dismissal of the petition challenging the legality of a proposal to appoint its president, Jagmohan Dalmiya, as Patron-in-Chief.
Member of the ad hoc Bhopal Divisional Cricket Association (BDCA) and petitioner Yogesh Khattar was not an office-bearer of the Board and no way concerned with the passing of the resolution, the BCCI advocates, S.C. Bagadia and Gaurav Chhabra, contended in an application for dismissal under order 7 of Rule 11 of the Code of Civil Procedure (CPC), before civil Judge P. K. Nigam.
Further, the BCCI, which has an office in Mumbai, had called the meeting to pass the resolution in Chennai on September 12. But the Bhopal court was moved for the plea. Thus the suit was patently in violation of Sections 18, 19 and 20 of the CPC. The agenda of the meeting was issued only to the BCCI members and the plaintiff does not explain how he came in possession of it, they said, adding the suit appeared to be an attempt to obstruct the smooth working of the BCCI and to malign Mr. Dalmiya.
The BCCI, at the meeting on September 12, nominated Mr. Dalmiya as Patron-in-Chief a decision which was taken as per its bylaws with a full forum of 27 members barring three who were absent, Mr. Chhabra said, submitting a reply to a notice issued by the court on September 10.
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