New Delhi: The Delhi high court on Monday suspended a decision taken by the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) to remove three members of a selection panel who were chosen at the instance of former justice Mukul Mudgal.
“Having regard to the circumstances, DDCA’s letter dated 5 November should be kept in abeyance and status quo should continue until final disposal of the petition.” said a bench headed by Justice S. Ravindra Bhat.
Regarding the issue of payments by DDCA, the court held that all payments to service providers and vendors for upcoming matches and tournaments should be cleared by the cricketing authority within 48 hours and all other payments within a period of one week.
It was further observed that DDCA had crossed its limit by taking this action fully knowing that the courts order on the issue were already reserved on 27 September.
On 5 November, DDCA through a report and press release,had sought to cancel the appointment of selectors made by a committee headed by former Justice Mudgal. This included three members from the executive and one independent cricketer.
Senior Advocate, Aman Lekhi, defended DDCA’s decision and said that the cancellation of appointments was essential as it posed a conflict under the guidelines formulated by BCCI. He also told the court that all payments had been released by DDCA.