Sourav Ganguly appointed to National Cricket Club's executive council
Former Indian Cricket Captain Sourav Ganguly, who is currently appointed as the honourable President of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), was elected in the executive council of the National Cricket Club (NCC) on December 31 at its annual general meeting at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Within three months’ time the executive committee will elect the other office bearers. The left handed batsman may also occupy the presidential post of NCC. The post is lying vacant after the death of Jagmohan Dalmiya.
Ushanath Banerjee, an eminent lawyer who was also got elected into the 21-member executive committee, said, "The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president received an overwhelming 600-plus, the maximum votes."
According to a joint statement, 614 members directly or through proxy were present in the meeting which was signed by chief public prosecutor, chairman and working President Manik Bhattacharya.
Another executive member and Late Jagmohan Dalmiya’s son Avishek Dalmiya, who is also the CAB joint-secretary, said, "The meeting was extremely harmonious and cordial, we have some highly experienced members in the committee which will elect the office bearers in three months' time."
However, a revolting NCC group had claimed earlier gross irregularities in the AGM and moved city civil court.
Answering to the charges, lawyer Ushanath Banerjee termed it a gimmick with the sole vested interest of getting a few posts and tickets. He said, "They want posts. Many of us have received a lot of phone calls, saying 'get us just six posts and it will be the end of matter'."
When asked about the allegation that notices which were sent to some members without the signature of the secretary which is a must, Banerjee said: "It is not needed as per law.For example, if a company has one lakh shareholders, is a signed notice sent to all of them? It's a wrong interpretation of the article. There's no provision of a signature under Article 76,"
He further goes on to challenge the claims that the AGM was held for the first time in 30 years.
He pointed out "It's a wild allegation. Is everyone sleeping under ROC. Under the law you have to file. It's a story. You can verify from ROC. This is gimmick. They're interested in certain posts and tickets, nothing else. We're not aware of any legal matter involving NCC. It's a mistake that the said 'case' would be heard on January 2. There's no listing in City Civil Court."