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Kerala Cricket Association not a public office: Kerala High Court

Jul 17, 2015 10:06 IST

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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