Court stays MCA’s ban on cricket administrator Ratnakar Shetty
A civil court stayed the Mumbai Cricket Association’s five-year ban on Ratnakar Shetty
Shetty, who has served MCA in various capacities over the last three decades, was banned by the association for alleging that some office-bearers of MCA might be involved in black marketing of tickets of India-Pakistan T20 international played at Ahmedabad on December 28 last year.
MCA imposed the ban on June 3 after giving Shetty an opportunity to hear the voice recording of his allegations leveled at the association’s AGM of March 22. Shetty replied to its show-cause notice, but it was rejected.
Shetty then approached Mumbai City Civil Court challenging the ban on the ground that it was arbitrary and illegal.
The court today accepted his contention and granted an interim injunction (stay), as the main suit would be heard in due course. MCA has been given time till September 16 to file appeal in the higher court if it wishes so.
The ban would have prevented Shetty from taking part in all activities of the association, including the elections.
“The court has stayed the decision of the Mumbai Cricket Association to debar me for five years. This is an interim stay that we had asked for,” Shetty said.
An MCA official said that it was planning to file an appeal.