BCCI’s former principal legal advisor Usha Nath Banerjee on Thursday questioned the Committee of Administrators’ decision to debar three affiliated units, including Tamil Nadu from attending the Board’s AGM and termed it “utterly arbitrary and wrong”.In a letter to Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Haryana cricket associations, the CoA has stated that the three units have not amended their Constitutions in terms with the BCCI Constitution approved by the Supreme Court and hence they cannot attend the Annual General Meeting scheduled to be held in Mumbai on October 23.Banerjee, however, said if any state association is non-compliant of the mandated changes, it can only be deprived of financial grants and benefits for the first year and cannot be stopped from attending the AGM.”Once a state association is admitted and acknowledged as Full Member, it’s legal and constitutional rights of attending General Meetings with voting rights and to seek election cannot be curtailed or taken away by any decision of a group of individuals, unless visited with arbitrary and illegal decision making process. Even the General Body of BCCI cannot do so,” Banerjee told PTI.”As on date the Apex Court has not passed any order to the effect that if any state association’s amended Constitution appears to be ‘non-compliant’, as felt by the CoA, such association shall be debarred from attending BCCI AGM and exercise powers of Full Member.”Therefore, the decision of the CoA, as reported, is utterly arbitrary and wrong. They are not vested with any judicial power. Either they are not properly advised or they are presuming to have illusory powers akin to the Apex Court and abusing their role,” he added.advertisementHe further said the CoA is not empowered to take any decision contrary to the Constitution and/or the orders so passed by the Supreme Court.”While, it is true that Apex Court has passed series of decisions, which in some issues are contradictory and even not in consonance with the current Constitution, but the CoA is not empowered to take any decision contrary to the Constitution and/or the orders so passed by the Hon’ble Court.”Also Read | India vs South Africa: Mayank Agarwal bullies South Africa with 2nd successive hundredAlso See:
The US Government is seeking the approval of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for approximately $50 billion in the 2017 budget for foreign affairs. The United States said that in 2015, the US Government strongly endorsed democratic progress in Sri Lanka.US Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking spoke before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the State Departments FY2017 budget, said that important democratic gains have been witnessed in, among other places, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, and Burma. Over the course of his testimony Secretary Kerry outlined how this funding supports the State Department’s and other development and national security agencies’ efforts to tackle transnational challenges ranging from countering violent extremism, nuclear proliferation, global health, cyber warfare, and widespread migration caused by conflict and instability.Secretary Kerry also pointed to areas where the State Department and its partners are working to leverage opportunities created by unprecedented international coordination on issues like climate change and trade. (Colombo Gazette) “Our diplomatic priorities include support for human rights and the continued evolution of an open and democratic political process in Burma, where a freely-elected parliament has been seated for the first time, and where we have called for an end to discrimination and violence directed at the Rohingya Muslim minority. Our FY 2017 budget includes $1.25 billion in assistance to the national unity government of Afghanistan to strengthen its institutions, bolster its security capabilities, repel attacks by violent extremists, implement economic reforms, preserve gains made over the last decade (including for women and girls), and move forward with a wide range of social programs. We are requesting $742 million in aid to Pakistan to support its citizens as they seek security, build democracy and sustain economic growth and development – even as the country continues to suffer from terrorist attacks. Last October, I traveled to every state in Central Asia to reaffirm America’s friendship with the people in that part of the world and to discuss shared concerns in such areas as security, energy policy, development, and human rights. Also in 2015, we strongly endorsed democratic progress in Sri Lanka, while elevating our important strategic dialogue with India to include a commercial component, reflecting the five-fold increase in bilateral trade over the last decade,” he said.