Delhi High Court slammed the DDCA on Monday over its decision of removal of three selectors, chosen by the court-appointed observer Justice Mukul Mudgal. A bench of Justices comprising of S Ravindra Bhat and Deepa Sharma said that the decision was a contempt of the court and the Delhi cricket board had once again ‘crossed the limit’. The court said that the DDCA was testing everybody’s patience. They described the act as a contempt of the court and said that it was evident that somebody was ‘over-reaching’. The bench asked the DDCA if it had informed Justice Mudgal before making the decision. Justice Mudgal had been appointed by the Delhi High Court to oversee the affairs of the cricket board due to various reasons. Earlier the DDCA sports working committee had removed former Indian cricketers Maninder Singh, Atul Wassan and Nikhil Chopra as selectors. Following the decision, Nitin Mishra, Justice Mudgal’s counsel had gone to the court seeking to term it as “null or void”.
Senior Advocate Aman Lekhi, representing the DDCA, said that a conflict of interest notice had already been served to the 3 selectors, following which the court said that it would hear the matter later. Justice Mudgal told NDTV that the act of removing the selectors unanimously by certain directors and the DDCA without any approval from the selection panel formed by him or by the Delhi High Court was only aimed to scuttle the domestic season. He added that the selection panel had been appointed after thoroughly considering the recommendations made by the Lodha Committee on the conflict of interest norms.
Speaking to reporters, Justice Mudgal said that the selectors had already selected various teams which were participating in domestic matches. He accused the DDCA And said that the board was aiming to change the constitution of the playing teams for collateral reasons. DDCA had earlier sacked Wassan and Chopra from the selection panel of the senior team and Miner Singh from the junior team.