Former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin was reinstated as the President of the Hyderabad Cricket Association by Ombudsman Justice (retd) Deepak Verma. Five members of the Apex Council, which had suspended Azhar, were also “temporarily disqualified” by Verma.
In an interim order, the HCA Ombudsman temporarily disqualified five members of the HCA Apex Council, K John Manoj, Vice President, R Vijayanand, Naresh Sharma, Surender Agarwal, Anuradha.
Azharuddin was suspended for alleged violation of its constitution. Allegations of Conflict of Interest were levelled against the former captain.
In his order, Justice Verma(retd) pointed out that the complaint against Azharuddin was not forwarded to Ombudsman and in effect has no legal validity.
“Apex Council on its own accord cannot take such a decision. Therefore, I deem it appropriate to set aside the resolution (if any) passed by these five members in suspending the duly elected President, issuing a show cause notice and direct them to refrain from any subsequent actions against the President of HCA, Mohammed Azharuddin,” Justice (retd) Verma, said.
“Therefore, I direct that Mohammed Azharuddin shall continue as President and all complaints against office bearers shall only be decided by the Ombudsman