MCA challenges stay on Shetty ban

Shetty for alleging that some MCA office bearers were black-marketing match tickets.

Ratnakar ShettyThe Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has challenged a stay order on the five-year ban they had imposed on Ratnakar Shetty, the senior cricket administrator. 

MCA had in June banned Shetty for alleging that some of its office bearers were involved in black-marketing of match tickets.

A civil court in Mumbai stayed the ban on September 7. But the MCA then petitioned the High Court challenging the stay order.

Shetty has been involved with the MCA in various administrative capacities. He had raised questions about misappropriation of tickets during a T20 international between India and Pakistan in Ahmedabad.

MCA banned him after having received Shetty’s response to their show-cause notice.

“This is a personal vendetta by people who want to make sure that I do not contest the next elections and also because their ego was hurt that the two anti club resolutions proposed by the managing committee had to be taken back by the Chairman after he sensed the mood of the house after I raised the issue on behalf of the members. I will fight this kind of undemocratic decisions both within the association and legally,” Shetty had said.

“Shetty has been banned for five years from representing any club under MCA's jurisdiction. It does not prevent him from coming to MCA's premises,” MCA president Ravi Savant had said. “We have not prevented him from earning his bread and butter.”