Press Trust of India
Mumbai, 19 September: The Mumbai Cricket Association has approached the Bombay High Court, challenging a civil court order which put a stay on the five-year ban imposed on BCCI’s game development officer Ratnakar Shetty.
A city civil court had on 7 September granted a stay on the MCA’s decision to ban Mr Shetty for five years. The association has petitioned the High Court to challenge this.
Mr Shetty, who has served MCA in various capacities over the last three decades, was banned by the association for alleging that some office-bearers of the MCA might be involved in black marketing of the tickets of an India-Pakistan T20 international played at Ahmedabad on 28 December last year.
MCA imposed the ban on 3 June after giving Mr Shetty an opportunity to hear the voice recording of his allegations levelled at the association’s AGM of 22 March. Mr Shetty replied to its showcause notice, but it was rejected.
Mr Shetty then approached the civil court challenging the ban on the ground that it was arbitrary and illegal.
The lower court accepted his contention and granted an interim injunction (stay), as the main suit would be heard in due course. MCA had been given time till 16 September to file an appeal in the higher court if it wishes so.
The MCA filed its petition in the High Court on 13 September in which it sought the lower court’s order to be quashed and the ban to be upheld.
The petition was mentioned before Justice Anoop Mohta on Monday (16 September) which has placed it for hearing on 20 September.
The ban would have prevented Mr Shetty from taking part in all activities of the association, including the elections.