HC asks Bikash Baruah, BCCI to file affidavits


By Our Staff Reporter

Guwahati, Nov 19: The Gauhati High Court has issued notices to the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) and Assam Cricket Association (ACA) secretary Bikash Baruah to file their affidavits in response to the PIL filed by former cricketer Sahajanda Ojha over alleged irregularities in the State cricketing body. Ojha’s counsel Debojit Saikia said the Assam government and ACA president Gautam Roy have filed their affidavits. The other respondents – main accused Bikash Baruah, the BCCI, the State’s Revenue department and Home department – have not filed their affidavits so far. The court has issued a second notice to them to file their responses within December 22.

Meanwhile, the ACA has filed a petition seeking photocopies of 76 files out of around 3,000 seized by police on directions of the High Court.

"The ACA stated that it had to file the annual returns and the annual audit report to the BCCI for which it needed the 76 files. The court allowed the prayer but with a rider that the petitioner or his representative will be present at the time of unlocking the trunks in which the documents are kept and during handing over of the photocopies to the ACA," Saikia said.

The court asked the Assam Police to arrange handing over of the photocopies within ten days.

Earlier, the High Court, admitting Ojha’s PIL on July 24 last, had asked the Assam Police to seize the administration files and fincial documents of the ACA pertaining to the period 2005–2015.

The petitioner had sought a CBI investigation into the fincial anomalies and other irregularities.

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