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Legal war bleeds JSCA

Jamshedpur, April 29: The state cricket association may have emerged victorious in the legal battle with disgruntled groups from Jharkhand and Bihar but it had to shell out over Rs 20 lakh to prove its supremacy.

From appointing top legal brains to fight the case in the high court and Supreme Court to sorting out travel and accommodation logistics were the characteristics that defined Jharkhand State Cricket Association’s (JSCA) legal battle with some “heavyweights”, who tried hard to wrest control of the sports body.

It took almost four years to overcome the obstacles, which threatened to derail the functioning of the body.

Besides fighting the case in the court of law, the JSCA also took on the state registration department, which issued a showcause over an allegation that the erstwhile Bihar Cricket Association (BCA, 1935) was registered twice in Bihar and Jharkhand.

The department recently withdrew the case after the Supreme Court disposed of the BCCI affidavit stating that BCA, whose name was changed to JSCA and headquartered at Keenan Stadium in Jamshedpur, was its full member.

The legal battle intensified, especially after the BCA’s name was changed to that of JSCA, at a special general body meeting held in Jamshedpur in August 2004. The case went to Ranchi as well as Patna High Court, before finding its way to the apex court.

“The able and astute leadership of JSCA chief Amitabh Choudhary was instrumental in overcoming the legal impediments. He’s a fighter to the core,” a senior functionary of the state cricket body said.

“Barring Jamshedpur, Jharkhand lacks adequate cricket infrastructure. Save a few districts, there are no turf wickets. How can one think that cricket in Jharkhand will improve under such condition. Whatever may be the issue, it was a needless battle in the courts. The disgruntled groups should have shown unity in streamlining the affairs of the game,” a cricket analyst said.

The legal victory is also a shot in the arm of the present JSCA dispensation.

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