The Kerala High Court on 15 July 2015 observed that the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) was not a public office. KCA is a member of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
The observation was made by Justice A Muhamed Mustaque in a judgment related to writ petitions filed by KCA president T C Mathew and other office-bearers.
The petitions were filed against the proceedings initiated by the Thrissur Vigilance Court against the office-bearers of the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.
The proceedings were related to alleged corruption in the purchase of land for a proposed stadium at Edakochi in Ernakulam district.
In the judgment, the court ruled that since the KCA was not a public office and was not under the legal obligation under any statutory law or government decision to construct a stadium no complaint would be maintainable against the KCA office-bearers.
Further, the court observed that if the stadium was constructed based on any positive law or on a directive of the government that function would have come within the ambit of public duty.
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What: Was not a public office
When: 15 July 2015