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Mumbai wait

Bangalore, Oct. 8: Of course, the opposition group in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) may argue it's just a coincidence, but not many are likely to be convinced.

One is referring to the presence of Messrs Inderjit Singh Bindra, Dhyaneshwar Chand Agashe and Niranjan Shah -- as also Raj Singh Dungarpur, given that he has shifted to Pune --- in Mumbai on the day a division bench of the Madras high court appointed Justice (retd) S. Mohan as the BCCI's interim administrator.

The BCCI, after all, is headquartered at the Brabourne Stadium there and, according to The Telegraph's sources, the Chennai-based Justice Mohan will probably take charge tomorrow morning itself.

Raj Singh and Bindra, in particular, had backed Union minister Sharad Pawar in last month's BCCI elections. Pawar, however, lost to outgoing president Jagmohan Dalmiya's candidate -- Ranbir Singh Mahendra.

In fact, not a single Pawar man --- be it Shah (secretary's post) or Prof. Ratnakar Shetty (joint-secretaryship) could emerge victorious.

The entire lot, including Pawar-backer Agashe, who wasn't allowed to vote at the AGM, is now awaiting Justice Mohan.

Significantly, given that the division bench passed its order on a Friday, it's unlikely that any counter from the BCCI is actually going to be heard -- either in Madras high court itself or the Supreme Court -- before Monday.

Clearly, the drama didn't end with the AGM in Calcutta.

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