India news September 27, 2013

The legal tussle between the BCCI and the CAB

ESPNcricinfo staff

The Cricket Association of Bihar - not a member of the BCCI - has of late been waging a lone battle against the board president, N Srinivasan and the manner in which the inquiry into allegations against his son-in-law was conducted. Here's how the case has panned out so far

May 28, 2013 - IPL governing council appoints a three-member commission comprising two former high court judges - Justice T Jayaram Chouta and Justice R Balasubramaniam - and BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale [who later resigns] to investigate the alleged corruption in the IPL

June 21 - Cricket Association of Bihar files a petition with the Bombay High Court raising several issues of conflict of interest, and the manner in which the probe panel was constituted

July 28 - Panel finds "no wrongdoing" by IPL owners

July 30 - Bombay High Court calls BCCI's probe panel "illegal" in the manner of its setting-up, saying that the entire process needs to be reinvestigated

August 5 - BCCI files a Special Leave Petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court against the Bombay High Court's ruling

August 28 - Cricket Association of Bihar files its own SLP in the Supreme Court against the Bombay High Court verdict of July 30, contending that the HC could have suggested a fresh mechanism to look into the corruption allegations

September 12 - Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the case but runs out of time on that day

September 25 - CAB files a fresh plea before the Supreme Court seeking to restrain Srinivasan from contesting the BCCI elections on September 29 and being a member of any board committee, pending the verdict on the earlier SLP filed by Verma in July. The court agrees to hear the matter on September 27

September 27 - The Supreme Court allows Srinivasan to contest elections at the AGM on September 29 but says that, if he wins, he cannot take charge until the court reaches its verdict on cases related to him and the BCCI.

October 7 - The Supreme Court suggests a new three-member panel investigate the allegations of corruption in the IPL afresh, adding that N Srinivasan should continue to abstain from discharging his duties as BCCI president until the court says otherwise.

October 8 - The Supreme Court allows N Srinivasan to resume his duties as BCCI president, provided he does not handle any matters relating to the IPL. The court also names retired judge Mukul Mudgal as the head of a three-man probe panel to inquire into allegations of corruptions in the tournament and assigns it a four-month deadline to complete its investigation.

December 19 - N Srinivasan appears before the Mudgal committee appointed to investigate corruption in the IPL. The committee also meets with Sundar Raman, the IPL CEO, and Gurunath Meiyappan as part of a series of interviews.

February 10 - The court-appointed committee submits its report which proves Gurunath Meiyappan was a team official of Chennai Super Kings and indulged in betting and passing on information during IPL 2013. The probe committee also submits a sealed envelope which, it says, contains information about people who could be indulging in "sporting fraud".

March 25 - A two-judge bench of the Supreme Court of India recommends N Srinivasan step down as BCCI president with the aim of a fair investigation into corruption in the IPL. Justice AK Patnaik remarks: "Mr Srinivasan should step down or else we'll be forced to pass an order." Referring to the findings of the sealed report, Patnaik states that the allegations are so serious, they can only be investigated properly by an external agency. The court gives the BCCI and N Srinivasan two days to respond.

March 27 - The Supreme Court proposes sweeping changes to the BCCI, including replacing N Srinivasan with Sunil Gavaskar or a "seasoned or respected cricketer" and suspending Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals from the IPL. The court also proposes that employees of India Cements, the company headed by N Srinivasan and which owns Super Kings, be barred from the BCCI set-up. Arguing on behalf of the CAB, Harish Salve brings up MS Dhoni's response to the Mudgal committee on Gurunath Meiyappan's role in Super Kings and says that in denying any knowledge of Gurunath's role in Super Kings, "the Indian cricket captain has been indulging in corrupt conduct".

March 28 - The Supreme Court says Sunil Gavaskar is to head the BCCI in respect of its IPL functions, and Shivlal Yadav, a senior vice-president with the board, is to carry out other duties. The court also rules that the IPL 2014 could continue with all teams participating.