Supreme Court To Take Up JKCA Case On November 19

SRINAGAR: The Supreme Court while hearing an appeal filed by District Cricket Forum, Kulgam, objecting to the Jammu and Kashmir High Court continuing to hear the matters related to the JKCA, has directed the advocates appearing for the Petitioners to supply a copy of the paper book on the Amicus Curiae.

Last year, on 14th March 2019, the Supreme Court had directed all the High Courts and other Courts in the country to refrain from entertaining or hearing matters related to the BCCI or the State Cricket Associations. Since the said Order was general, the Supreme Court modified it on 22nd October 2019 to exclude Arbitrations with the BCCI or State Associations from the ambit of the said Order.

Devadatt Kamat, Sr. Advocate appearing with Amit Pai, Advocate on Record, informed the Apex Court that despite the Jammu and Kashmir High Court earlier not proceeding to hear matters relating to the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association, had suddenly decided to proceed with the hearing without the Supreme Court of having modified its Order. Different High Courts in the country are taking a different view, it was pointed out.

Appreciating the importance of the issue and the wide ramifications, and due to the fact that Narasimha was appointed as Amicus Curiae in the main Cricket Reforms matter relating to the Lodha Committee, the Bench asked Kamat to provide a copy of the petition to the Amicus.

Upon being informed about the matter coming up next week before the High Court, the Apex Court did not desire to grant a stay without hearing parties but directed the parties to inform the High Court about the listing in the week ensuing the Diwali vacations. The matter is now listed on 19th November.

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