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ACA gets term extension

Silchar, March 27: Litigations in the Kamrup and Sivasagar courts have come as a blessing in disguise for the incumbent governing body in the Assam Cricket Association (ACA).

The existing dispensation, led by PHE minister Gautam Roy and ACA secretary Bikash Baruah, today got an extension for an indefinite period. The ACA governing body meeting at the district sports association, Silchar office, decided that the incumbents should continue in office till the litigations are disposed of.

“The extension could be applicable for years together because the court has asked us to maintain status quo and submit our explanations on various points,” said Baruah after the meeting here this afternoon. The four-year term of the incumbent body is set to expire on June 30.

The ACA’s proposed annual general meeting, which was supposed to be held here today, was called off late last evening following receipt of a “verbal notice” from the state chief electoral officer. This was followed by an official communication from the Cachar district administration in view of the prevalent code of conduct. Several ministers, MLAs and government employees are associated with the ACA general body.

The Kamrup sessions court had asked the ACA yesterday not to go ahead with the meeting and maintain status quo till April 10 on the basis of a writ petition filed by one Jyotish Kumar Das.

The Sivasagar chief judicial magistrate’s court had also sent a similar directive on the basis of a petition filed by Nazira District Sports Association general secretary Prabin Konwar.

The ACA meeting also decided today to file a legal suit against Das claiming compensation worth Rs 10 crore for causing unwarranted interruption in the ACA’s functioning.

Das had contended that the meeting was convened illegally by issuing a backdated notice on March 12. However, the ACA clarified here today that it was convened on the basis of a December 15 resolution whereby Roy and Baruah were authorised to convene it on a convenient date and at an appropriate venue.

The ACA further decided to take disciplinary action against Konwar on charges of “anti-association activities” against the ACA, Baruah said.

Another major resolution adopted in the meeting was to act stringently against fielding of outstation professional players in various age-group teams from the districts, as well as in the state teams.

“We have decided that every player will have to submit copies of their voter identity cards to represent districts and the state,” Baruah said. Further it was decided to constitute a seven-member panel that will look after the all-round development of cricket in the state.