Hyderabad, June 12 : Telangana state government’s advisor G Vivek received a shock from the High Court today. The High Court upheld the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) Ombudsman’s verdict that Vivek was not eligible for HCA’s president post. The High Court Division Bench issued orders granting stay on the Single Bench verdict in regard to Vivek’s case saying that there was a need to take up comprehensive inquiry into the issue. The Division Bench further ordered that till then Vivek not to continue in the HCA president’s position.

It may be mentioned here that severe criticism was going on against the election of HCA president and secretary since the elections were held for HCA in 2017. Several questioned the legitimacy of G Vivek, who was enjoying the state government’s position, election as president of HCA. Ombudsman received bundles of complaints in regard to Vivek’s election. Former HCA president Arshad Ayub, former secretary K John Manoj, former India cricket team captain Mohammed Azaharuddin, former MP V Hanumantha Rao and several others lodged complaints with the Ombudsman. After serious trials, Ombudsman had announced three months ago that Vivek was not eligible for HCA president’s post.

Vivek was enjoying the position of Telangana state government’s advisor post. The post was of Cabinet rank post. According to Justice Lodha recommendations Vivek was ineligible for the HCA president’s post. Vivek was also the owner of Visakha Industries. Vivek was waging fight against HCA for the sake of Uppal Stadium sponsorship in High Court. Vivek faced severe criticism when he filed his nominations for the post of HCA president’s post last year. Election returning officer Rajiv Reddy kept the allegations of opponents against Vivek aside during the elections and received the nomination and accepted it. But the Ombudsman has given a verdict three months ago sacking Vivek following the Lodha reforms

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