The Bombay high court on Monday stayed a civil court order temporarily restraining Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar from functioning as the president of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA).
The high court stayed the order till December 17. Pawar had filed the application challenging the November 26 interim order passed by the lower court while hearing an application filed by BJP leader Gopinath Munde.
Munde had in October approached the city civil court, challenging the MCA’s decision to allow Pawar to contest its elections. In his suit, Munde had maintained that he, too, had applied for the same post as Pawar, but the MCA had rejected his application on the grounds that his address on the electoral records was of his home town, Beed.
According to MCA rules, only a Mumbai resident can become president of the cricketing body. As per a Bombay High Court order of 2006, a person could have residences in different cities, but he is considered to be a permanent resident of only that place where his name appears on the electoral rolls.
Munde had prayed that Pawar, who was declared elected unopposed, should not take charge and, if he does, should not be allowed to discharge the functions of the president.
Munde has made several officer bearers of MCA as respondents to his suit. They include former MCA president Ravi Savant, joint secretaries Nitin Dalal and P V Shetty, had raised the objection to Munde’s nomination, and Gorwadkar as respondents.
Justice Anoop Mohta stayed the lower court’s order till December 17 and said it would hear Pawar’s petition on December 13.
Matter of residence
MCA rules say only a Mumbai resident can become president of the cricketing body. As per a Bombay high court order of 2006, a person could have residences in different cities, but he is considered to be a permanent resident of only that place where his name appears on the electoral rolls