BCCI suspends Annual General Meeting over COVID woes

Sourav Ganguly
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The Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) has decided to suspended its Annual General Meeting of this year, which was supposed to be held before 30th September. Even though the meeting was earlier announced to be held online, the novel Coronavirus pandemic has pushed the governing body to postpone the meeting indefinitely.

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BCCI is registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act, 1975. Under the act, it is necessary that for the board to organise an Annual General Meeting within the 30th of September of every year.

However, like the COVID situation in the country had initially made the board to decide on an online AGM for 2020, like they have held the Apex meetings virtually in the last few months. Unfortunately, the worrying rise of the virus crisis in the country has barred them from taking that option now.

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The news of postponement was reported by the BCCI secretary Jay Shah via a letter to the state units.

“Owing to the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic, the Registration Department, Tamil Nadu Government have extended the period for a registered society under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act, 1975, to conduct an Annual General Meeting by three months, from September 2020 to December 2020,” Jay Shah’s letter was quoted by PTI.

“The Press Release further states that an Annual General Meeting of a registered society cannot be conducted online. It refers to a Government Order no. 89 dated 16th June 2020 issued by the Commercial Taxes and Registration Department (‘Notification’) which reiterates the above,” it added.

Following a legal opinion, the board decided to suspend the meeting this year. The AGM will be held on a later date, which BCCI has not confirmed yet.

Shah’s letter further stated, “We also sought legal opinion regarding the applicability of the Press Release and the Notification on BCCI and as per their view, the same is applicable and BCCI is not required to conduct its Annual General Meeting by 30 September 2020.” 

“We will keep you informed regarding the date of the Annual General Meeting,” the letter concluded.

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