Green signal for HCA polls

Court gives signal for HCA elections, Vacation judge, however, stays announcement of the results until further orders.

By   |   Published: 12th Jan 2017   9:45 am

Hyderabad: Justice Challa Kodanda Ram of the High Court at Hyderabad on Wednesday refused to interdict the scheduled elections to the Hyderabad Cricket Association.

John Manoj, a functionary of the HCA, filed a revision before the High Court which earlier had appointed lawyer Rajeev Reddy as election officer to proceed with the conduct of the elections. It was contended by the present functionary of the HCA that Prakash Jain, vice president of the HCA, had no authority to represent the HCA before the lower court and therefore the order of the lower court was without the authority of law.

While the judge on Wednesday in his order made it clear that the elections may go on, he ruled that the results may not be announced till the hearing of the revision petition. The revision petition is now listed to January 18.

With the suspense over, the HCA is all set for the elections. Thursday is the last day of withdrawal of nominations. K Rajeev Reddy is the Advocate Commissionerate and the final list will be announced on Friday.

Welcoming the decision, Prakash Chand Jain, who was the chairman of the ad hoc committee, appointed during the special general body meeting by the opposition group, said he was happy with the verdict. “The elections will be held as desired by many of the members. They are all eager to participate in huge numbers. I have done my job,’’ said Jain.

T Sheshnarayan, who is a contender for the secretary’s post from the G Vivekanand group, said they stand vindicated. “The elections will be monitored by the court and there can be no greater transparency. All the guidelines will be followed as per the Lodha Committee and Supreme Court order,’’ he said.

On doubts about Vivekanand’s candidature for the post of president, the sources said he was an advisor and not any government servant. “He is eligible for elections,’’ said Sheshnarayan.
Meanwhile, Manoj said they were fine with the judgement. “But we have to wait for the final judgement on January 18.’’