The Delhi High Court appointed the former Supreme Court judge Justice Vikramajit Sen as the new administrator of Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), reinstating the retired Justice Mukul Mudgal who did not wish to prolong the post. This step was intended for regulating the functioning of the state cricket body, which has tilted from one controversy to another in the recent past. Along with that several directions are issued by Justice S Ravindra Bhat and Justice Deepa Sharma, including amendment of Articles of Association of DDCA by incorporating clauses on capping age of members as well as on their tenure.
Accounts of the years of 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 of Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) are being audited by an external auditor. “Justice Sen will also call for a meeting of DDCA members for reconstituting the cricketing body’s working and sports committees” said the judges. Thereafter, the administrator will meet the Registrar of Companies prior to holding of elections to elect the office bearers of DDCA: the bench added.
The bench further concluded by saying that it is going to monitor the matter and the administrator can file periodic reports if required. The court had initially appointed Justice Mukul Mudgal, former Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, to oversee and streamline the holding of matches at the stadium.
DDCA had opposed the plea appointment of any person or committee to oversee its affairs, saying it was a company and such administrators were appointed only for “sick” firms. It had contended that there was already a machinery in place under the Companies Act to supervise its functions and no administrator can be appointed.
The High Court was forced to take action against the DDCA following several contentious issues relating to the functioning of the body and the problems which were arising with monotonous regularity over hosting cricket matches at the Ferozeshah Kotla stadium.