India news September 27, 2013

Srinivasan can contest election, with riders

ESPNcricinfo staff
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The Indian Supreme Court has allowed N Srinivasan to contest the BCCI elections on Sunday but has said that if he wins he cannot take charge as president as long as it is hearing the case before it related to him and the board. The ruling came on a petition filed by the Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) seeking to restrain Srinivasan from running for re-election pending the verdict on a petition filed by the CAB in July.

Srinivasan reacted by asserting that he would stand for re-election as the court had not stopped him from either attending the AGM or contesting the election.

The court is expected to hear the matter again on Monday, a day after the board meeting.

During the hearing, a bench comprising Justices A K Patnaik and J S Kehar remarked: "Why he is in charge (as the BCCI president) if his son-in-law is chargesheeted? Why are you (Srinivasan) so keen to be elected?"

Srinivasan had in June handed over charge of the daily running of the board to Jagmohan Dalmiya but was looking at Sunday's election as a way of legitimising his presidency. It is not immediately clear whether he will contest the election or whether this will give momentum to those in the BCCI opposing him.

"Now it's up to the Board members to decide whether they can allow Srinivasan to contest the election as he has no power to discharge the president's functions," Aditya Verma, the CAB's secretary, told the Telegraph. "I think the order is kind of a victory for us. The honourable court has definitely found that Srinivasan is at fault in certain aspects. Otherwise, why should the court restrain him from taking charge?"

The earlier petition filed by the CAB had challenged the Bombay High Court's order on the BCCI's inquiry committee that investigated corruption in the IPL, on the grounds that it had failed to appoint a fresh panel despite finding the original one to be constituted illegally. The Supreme Court was due to hear final arguments in the case on September 12, but ran out of time on that day.

The Bombay High Court order, too, came on a petition filed by the CAB questioning the constitution of the two-man inquiry committee set up by the BCCI to probe corruption allegations against the owners of Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings. Verma had accused Srinivasan of utilising his position as the BCCI president to influence the setting up of the probe panel, which was formed to investigate his company India Cements - the owner of Super Kings - and his son-in-law and Super Kings official Gurunath Meiyappan, who was arrested and subsequently charged with illegal betting. The High Court concluded that there was "a degree of probability" of Srinivasan playing a role in setting up the inquiry panel.

Following the charges against Gurunath, Srinivasan had stepped aside from the day-to-day administration of the BCCI in early June, temporarily handing over the reins to Jagmohan Dalmiya pending Gurunath's investigation. Since then, he has been re-elected as the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association's chief and made it clear that he wishes to return to the top post in the BCCI for another term. The election is set to be held at the board's annual general meeting in Chennai on Sunday and, until now, Srinivasan had faced no public opposition from within the BCCI making it very likely that he would have resumed his role as BCCI president but for the court order.

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  • milepost on September 28, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    How bad can the reputation of the BCCI be? This is absurd, he should have been sacked, booted from his position, does he not see the harm he is doing. Just when you think things can't get worse they do. This is unbelievable, I just don't understand how they can function with all these characters.

  • techie77 on September 27, 2013, 22:10 GMT

    @ Rahulbose - that's exactly the sentiment that I have. It's just meaningless cricket happening between teams that you don't even recognize or have any interest in following.

  • on September 27, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    The same old story, let him own more teams in the IPL.....

  • BigINDFan on September 27, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    Here is a solution - BCCI extend his term for another 6 months or postpone the elections until the judicial matters are settled. Srinivasan cannot be held responsible for Gurunath's actions. However the issue is BCCI is a stakeholder of IPL and Srinivasan has a team in IPL that he has a stake in.

    The ideal solution is to disband BCCI and reorganize it with a clean slate with former cricketers like Gavaskar, Shastri, Dravid and Kumble as administrators. Get a finance person to run finances. No businessmen or politicians. They can have teams in IPL but not set foot in cricket's administration.

  • srinideva on September 27, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    @StraightHit , He can`t wait for the verdict..It will take time..there is only one more year is the available for him to head BCCI...

  • Rahulbose on September 27, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    For a cricket fan these are sad days. Out of habit I check Cricinfo everyday with my morning coffee. And what I find is latest news on some meaningless T20 match played between unknown teams. Accompanied with the latest scandal related to people running the game. It makes my coffee taste more bitter, yet I don't seem to be able to kick the habit.

  • bhushanB on September 27, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    Can someone please explain how it is not 'conflict of interest' to own a private IPL club and be the president of BCCI?

  • CricketChat on September 27, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    @Pavinasen, @Randy_Boy, both of your points view are right. I agree he can't be held responsible if someone in the family commits a crime. However, as the head of the organization, he is accountable and must step aside until legal matters are settled. I am sure he will find more acceptance and support if he were to wait for his time rather than being bull headed.

  • Shiny-Side on September 27, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    Has anybody checked with CSA to find out if they may have any objections?

  • Randy_Boy on September 27, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    @Pavinasen - I do not think this is the right example that you have given. This is a professional body (CSK) we are talking about and Srivinasan is the head of that body. His SIL has been charged with a crime related to CSK so ethically and legally Srinivasan ought not to be in charge. This is leaving our the conflict of interest part wherin Srinivas cannot even be the BCCI boss as a IPL team owner. There itself he loses all moral right.

  • milepost on September 28, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    How bad can the reputation of the BCCI be? This is absurd, he should have been sacked, booted from his position, does he not see the harm he is doing. Just when you think things can't get worse they do. This is unbelievable, I just don't understand how they can function with all these characters.

  • techie77 on September 27, 2013, 22:10 GMT

    @ Rahulbose - that's exactly the sentiment that I have. It's just meaningless cricket happening between teams that you don't even recognize or have any interest in following.

  • on September 27, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    The same old story, let him own more teams in the IPL.....

  • BigINDFan on September 27, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    Here is a solution - BCCI extend his term for another 6 months or postpone the elections until the judicial matters are settled. Srinivasan cannot be held responsible for Gurunath's actions. However the issue is BCCI is a stakeholder of IPL and Srinivasan has a team in IPL that he has a stake in.

    The ideal solution is to disband BCCI and reorganize it with a clean slate with former cricketers like Gavaskar, Shastri, Dravid and Kumble as administrators. Get a finance person to run finances. No businessmen or politicians. They can have teams in IPL but not set foot in cricket's administration.

  • srinideva on September 27, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    @StraightHit , He can`t wait for the verdict..It will take time..there is only one more year is the available for him to head BCCI...

  • Rahulbose on September 27, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    For a cricket fan these are sad days. Out of habit I check Cricinfo everyday with my morning coffee. And what I find is latest news on some meaningless T20 match played between unknown teams. Accompanied with the latest scandal related to people running the game. It makes my coffee taste more bitter, yet I don't seem to be able to kick the habit.

  • bhushanB on September 27, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    Can someone please explain how it is not 'conflict of interest' to own a private IPL club and be the president of BCCI?

  • CricketChat on September 27, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    @Pavinasen, @Randy_Boy, both of your points view are right. I agree he can't be held responsible if someone in the family commits a crime. However, as the head of the organization, he is accountable and must step aside until legal matters are settled. I am sure he will find more acceptance and support if he were to wait for his time rather than being bull headed.

  • Shiny-Side on September 27, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    Has anybody checked with CSA to find out if they may have any objections?

  • Randy_Boy on September 27, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    @Pavinasen - I do not think this is the right example that you have given. This is a professional body (CSK) we are talking about and Srivinasan is the head of that body. His SIL has been charged with a crime related to CSK so ethically and legally Srinivasan ought not to be in charge. This is leaving our the conflict of interest part wherin Srinivas cannot even be the BCCI boss as a IPL team owner. There itself he loses all moral right.

  • on September 27, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    I am not a Srini fan. But,I have a simple doubt. Where is the case against him? What case? Pavinasen is absolutely right in one comment he made: If my son commitw a murder, why hang me? Hang him!

    Is it the Bihar Cricket Association's case? That should not go on. And on!

  • Pavinasen on September 27, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    I can't help hold my comments to myself anymore. As for national cricket, Srinivasan has conducted himself exemplary and has an impeccable record against fraud & corruption. He is very forthright and takes the no nonsense approach.BCCI will be so much poorer without him if they decide to out vote him. If my son or son-in-law committed murder in my house (house belonging to me) why must I be tried for this, just does not make any logical sense.

    This always happens in life when you are a no-nonsense upright person fewer people like, since there is so few of them. I have the faith to believe in Srinivasan, with all the embarrassing things focused on him, he will eventually come up unscathed

  • CricketChat on September 27, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    The best response to Srinivasan's insistence to contest is to hand him defeat him in the same elections. May be that will get rid of him from Indian cricket system for good.

  • on September 27, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    @Percy_Fender :

    1. Srini is not the ONLY ONE Lorgat rubbed on the wrong side.

    2. Arbitrary shifting of ENG - IND world cup match from Eden Gardens got the mickey out of Dalmia.

    3. Open dalliance with the enemy of the India establishment (Bindra) offended the whole group, which runs it now. Effectively dabbled with the internal politics of BCCI, for a useless letter of reference in return. I hear from my Chennai friends, who know 'the man' personally, says that this was the major turning point.

    4. Fooled the Selection Committee, with that useless "Letter of Reference"; or fooled himself, by believing it.

    5. Sat on the tour schedule, even after hearing from BCCI that the so called final schedule didn't have their consent. If so, how can be bi-lateral.

    6. Lack of awareness that FTP had lost its sanctity long ago.

    7. Din't grab opportunities to salvage the tour, for more than 2 months, by sitting on his high horse.

    P.S. I'm not a fan of Srini; but Lorgat's role can't be ignored.

  • ladycricfan on September 27, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    I think ECB was right in sticking to county competition and not copying IPL, BBL and other leagues. In india it is confusing fans. Foreign players are torn between leagues, not sure which team to represent in CLT20. Look at sanga, had to choose between club and country amid lots of acrimony. Srinivasan has done nothing wrong. If son in law is charge sheeted wait until his case is over before passing judgement. Innocent until proven guilty.

  • fullawareness on September 27, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    I cant fathom what is Mr. Srinivasan's fault? By most accounts he is a brilliant sports adminstrator, a true lover of the game for a long time. Why are everybody hounding him? What is this collective cynicism and jealousy all about? All because his son-in-law is alleged to have committed wrong !! and what a skewed decision this is from the court !! How can they stop somebody from taking charge when he is not even alleged to have done anything wrong at all and even the allegation on his son-in-law is yet sub-judice. Surely the court has OVER REACHED ITSELF!!

  • on September 27, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    nothing will stop him

  • ArnoldVDH on September 27, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    How will this case impact the supposed end-of-year tour to South Africa?

  • SurlyCynic on September 27, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    The Don Corleone of cricket.

  • ladycricfan on September 27, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    India tour to SA will definitely be shortened because the original schedule ( which bcci did not approve) is overlapping WI and NZ schedules which have been approved by both boards. With the time available, SA and India can still play a 4 test series or minimum 2 tests and 3ODIs. Even if Srinivasan is not re elected indias tour will be a shortened one.

  • IndianEagle on September 27, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    What damage has he done to indian cricket? Its media and his opponent want to remove him, and can you say any charge against srinivasan mr.percy-pender, it involves lot of indian politics which you cannot understand! first look at your SA board which also gone through fixing, and what about recent mess involving manjola! Srinivasan is a bold, honest person will come out cleanly and these obstacles are planned tactics.

  • on September 27, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    since there are no oppositions in BCCI to his contesting, the verdict is on expected lines. But the rider that he cannot take charge till he clears his name is something confusing.It will have less impact if within next 2 or 3 months the cases are wrapped up and srinivaan clears his name. But where the cases drag on then what becomes of him as president.Or if he is found guilty will he have to resign as president elect? It would have been better to allow him to contest without any rider and if found guilty later he can always be called upon to resign by the members.This is so since all the members of BCCI are supporting his candidature now.It is practically status quo as far as BCCI is concerned.in any case cricket is going on all over the country with great gusto seemingly unconcerned about the fate of its top brass. what a ridiculous situation.The game is different from the administration yeah?

  • MWaqqar on September 27, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    I think Srinivasan has damaged world cricket more than anyone else in history. BCCI has too much politics and commercialisation, that is harming cricket. But we have to live with it.

  • Percy_Fender on September 27, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    The best news in recent times for Indian cricket.I hop The South African tour gets revived without any change fro what Lorgat released and which was ostensibly the reason for the frostiness in the relationship between two boards. Of course, if Srinivasan loses the election as I expect he will, then of course sanity will have returned.

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  • Percy_Fender on September 27, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    The best news in recent times for Indian cricket.I hop The South African tour gets revived without any change fro what Lorgat released and which was ostensibly the reason for the frostiness in the relationship between two boards. Of course, if Srinivasan loses the election as I expect he will, then of course sanity will have returned.

  • MWaqqar on September 27, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    I think Srinivasan has damaged world cricket more than anyone else in history. BCCI has too much politics and commercialisation, that is harming cricket. But we have to live with it.

  • on September 27, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    since there are no oppositions in BCCI to his contesting, the verdict is on expected lines. But the rider that he cannot take charge till he clears his name is something confusing.It will have less impact if within next 2 or 3 months the cases are wrapped up and srinivaan clears his name. But where the cases drag on then what becomes of him as president.Or if he is found guilty will he have to resign as president elect? It would have been better to allow him to contest without any rider and if found guilty later he can always be called upon to resign by the members.This is so since all the members of BCCI are supporting his candidature now.It is practically status quo as far as BCCI is concerned.in any case cricket is going on all over the country with great gusto seemingly unconcerned about the fate of its top brass. what a ridiculous situation.The game is different from the administration yeah?

  • IndianEagle on September 27, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    What damage has he done to indian cricket? Its media and his opponent want to remove him, and can you say any charge against srinivasan mr.percy-pender, it involves lot of indian politics which you cannot understand! first look at your SA board which also gone through fixing, and what about recent mess involving manjola! Srinivasan is a bold, honest person will come out cleanly and these obstacles are planned tactics.

  • ladycricfan on September 27, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    India tour to SA will definitely be shortened because the original schedule ( which bcci did not approve) is overlapping WI and NZ schedules which have been approved by both boards. With the time available, SA and India can still play a 4 test series or minimum 2 tests and 3ODIs. Even if Srinivasan is not re elected indias tour will be a shortened one.

  • SurlyCynic on September 27, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    The Don Corleone of cricket.

  • ArnoldVDH on September 27, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    How will this case impact the supposed end-of-year tour to South Africa?

  • on September 27, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    nothing will stop him

  • fullawareness on September 27, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    I cant fathom what is Mr. Srinivasan's fault? By most accounts he is a brilliant sports adminstrator, a true lover of the game for a long time. Why are everybody hounding him? What is this collective cynicism and jealousy all about? All because his son-in-law is alleged to have committed wrong !! and what a skewed decision this is from the court !! How can they stop somebody from taking charge when he is not even alleged to have done anything wrong at all and even the allegation on his son-in-law is yet sub-judice. Surely the court has OVER REACHED ITSELF!!

  • ladycricfan on September 27, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    I think ECB was right in sticking to county competition and not copying IPL, BBL and other leagues. In india it is confusing fans. Foreign players are torn between leagues, not sure which team to represent in CLT20. Look at sanga, had to choose between club and country amid lots of acrimony. Srinivasan has done nothing wrong. If son in law is charge sheeted wait until his case is over before passing judgement. Innocent until proven guilty.