The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) on Sunday issued directions with respect to the upcoming IPL player auctions, to be held in Bangalore on Monday.
Significantly, the CoA, headed by former CAG Vinod Rai, has barred three top BCCI officials from attending the auction.
"Mr. C.K. Khanna, Mr. Amitabh Choudhary, Mr. Anirudh Chaudhry and any other persons who claim to be ex-officio members of the IPL GC on account of being office-bearers of the BCCI shall not be entitled to attend the IPL Player Auctions since the issue regarding validity of the undertakings filed by such persons pursuant to the order dated 2nd January 2017 is still pending before the Hon'ble Supreme Court," the CoA said through a media release on Sunday.
While Khanna, from the Delhi and District Cricket Association, is the BCCI's senior-most vice-president, Haryana Cricket Association chief Anirudh has been the treasurer. Jharkhand's Amitabh was serving as the joint-secretary of the Board.
The CoA made it clear that only those officials, who conform to the reforms made mandatory by the Supreme Court, would be eligible to attend the auction. "In respect of other members of the IPL GC, only those persons who are not disqualified in terms of the strict understanding/interpretation of the disqualifications in terms of the various orders issued by the Hon'ble Supreme Court may attend the IPL Player Auctions," the media release said.
However, the committee has left it to the IPL governing council members to assess their own eligibility. "...the said other members are requested to assess for themselves as to whether they are disqualified or not. Should they attend the IPL Player Auctions, the concerned members would be deemed to have undertaken and represented that they are not disqualified as aforesaid."
The CoA also said that it might designate specific individuals for the auction in case the IPL Governing Council does not have more than two eligible officials.