HC relief for Pawar: Can stay as MCA chief

Granting relief to Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar, appointed president of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) in October, the Bombay High Court Monday quashed an order of the city civil court temporarily restraining him from functioning as the head of the cricketing body.

The city civil court's interim order against the NCP chief had come on November 26, following a suit by BJP leader Gopinath Munde, challenging the rejection of his nomination to contest the biennial election.

While quashing the subordinate court's order, Justice Anoop V Mohta observed that there was no objection raised on the eligibility of Pawar as president of MCA and the main issue revolved around the rejection of Munde's nomination. The court said it needed to be seen if there was prima facie evidence of illegality.

Munde's lawyer Vivekanand Gupta said the city civil court's order directing Munde's suit to be decided in three months has been maintained by the court.

On October 18, Pawar was elected president of MCA unopposed, as Munde's nomination was rejected on the grounds that he was not a voter registered in Mumbai. The election officer had stated that the address mentioned on Munde's electoral registration was that of Beed. As per the rules of the MCA, only a Mumbai resident can be its president.


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