Mohammad Azharuddin reappointed as Hyderabad Cricket Association president
Mohammad Azharuddin is a legendary former Indian skipper who has been heading Hyderabad Cricket Association since September 2019. He had been suspended as the HCA president last month after allegations of violation of HCA's constitution.
Former Indian skipper Mohammad Azharuddin can breathe a sigh of relief after being reappointed as the president of the Hyderabad Cricket Association. The decision comes nearly a month after a five-member HCA Apex Council suspended him.
Ombudsman Justice (retd) Deepak Verma came up with the decision to reinstate Azharuddin. At the same time, the five members of the Apex Council had been disqualified briefly in an interim order released by Justice Verma.
Azharuddin's suspension came after it was alleged that he had violated HCA's constitution. However, ombudsman Verma noted that the complaint registered against Azharuddin had not been forwarded to him, thus ruling out any legal validity.
"[The] Apex Council on its own accord cannot take such a decision. Therefore, I deem it appropriate to set aside the resolution (if any) passed by these five members in suspending the duly elected President, issuing a show-cause notice and direct them to refrain from any subsequent actions against the President of HCA, Mohammed Azharuddin," said ombudsman Verma, reports PTI.
"Therefore, I direct that Mohammad Azharuddin shall continue as president and all complaints against office bearers shall only be decided by the ombudsman. From the aforesaid facts and features, it is clearly reflected that instead of encouraging the game of cricket, each one is playing their own politics for the reasons best known to them. Thus, it defeats the very purpose for which HCA has been formed," he added.
Speaking about the five members of the Apex Council, Justice Verma stated that while the members did not agree to his appointment as the ombudsman, they are also trying to evade the legal procedure, which cannot be the case. He also alleged that the members had deceitful purposes.
"I would like to make it clear that just because these five members believe on their own accord that I am not ombudsman does not take away my powers which are now been confirmed by the High Court judgment and the minutes of the 85th AGM as well," he concluded.
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