HYDERABAD: The Supreme Court’s observation on Thursday that Justice (retd) Deepak Verma’s tenure as ombudsman of the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) had come to an end and, therefore, he should not pass any order is a blow to president Mohd Azharuddin.
Azharuddin has fought tooth-and-nail against the Apex Council members in the last one year on the issue. He always claimed that the Apex Council had agreed to the appointment of Justice Verma but backtracked later.
On Friday, Azharuddin chose to be limited in his reaction. “The next hearing is on October 27 and since the matter is sub-judice I will not be able to comment on anything. As per the court order on Thursday, no adverse order has been passed against me. Beyond it, I have nothing else to say on the matter. Let the judgment be given and only then I can react on the issue,” he told ToI.
Azharuddin said that he had nothing against anyone and was only trying to do his duty. He also averred that he had not gone to court against any of the HCA members. “I have not gone to the court in any matter concerning the HCA. I have not filed any case against anybody in the HCA. But if some people have filed cases, I have to fight it out,” he said.
On the charges that he was unilaterally taking decisions and was behaving like a dictator, the former India captain said: “I am not a dictator. I am willing to work with everyone. Even when I was the captain of the Indian cricket team, I was not a dictator. I took everybody in my stride. I took everyone’s advice and worked. But sometimes things don’t work out as expected but we have to take things in our stride and work on. No one is a dictator. We all want to work hard. The dictator era is over long back,” he said.Internet Explorer Channel Network