India news September 30, 2013

Court defers decision on Srinivasan's position until October 7

ESPNcricinfo staff

India's Supreme Court has deferred till October 7 its decision on a petition against BCCI president N Srinivasan that sought to restrain him from taking charge of BCCI.

In arguments on Monday, the BCCI contended that Srinivasan should be allowed to discharge all duties except for IPL affairs, to which Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) counsel Harish Salve objected. The IPL, he argued, cannot be differentiated from the BCCI. The court then asked both parties to come up with a common solution to conduct the investigation into the IPL teams and owners' alleged involvement into the IPL corruption scandal.

"We will welcome an independent probe commission appointed by the Supreme Court but if the BCCI tries to distance itself from the IPL, then it will be difficult to form consensus about the structure of the commission," the petitioner Aditya Verma, the CAB secretary, said.

PTI reported that the BCCI's counsel suggested that the probe committee to investigate the IPL corruption scandal could be headed either by the former BCCI vice-president Arun Jaitley or by lawyer Vinay Dutta. Salve didn't agree with the suggestion, but said he would consider it.

"Let us apply our mind as to how the probe has to be done because there has been a rot and we have to see whether the rot is limited to IPL or how long the rot runs deep and has any bearing on BCCI," Salve said. The court also asked Srinivasan not to be in a "hurry" and allow the CAB to mull over his suggestion for the constitution of the panel.

Last week, the CAB filed a plea asking the Supreme Court to restrain Srinivasan from contesting the BCCI elections. On September 27, a court ruling permitted Srinivasan to attend the board's annual general meeting and contest for the president's post, which he won unopposed on Sunday. However, the ruling said that if elected, Srinivasan could not take charge of the board pending the Court announced its verdict on a special leave petition filed by Cricket Association Bihar - against an earlier order of the Bombay High Court - related to the constitution of BCCI's independent IPL probe committee.

The matter dates back to a plea that the Cricket Association of Bihar filed in June, raising charges of conflict of interest in the formation of the two-member inquiry panel set up to inquire allegations of corruption in the IPL. A Bombay High Court ruling later termed the probe panel "illegal". The BCCI and the CAB filed petitions in the Supreme Court against this order, with the CAB contending that the Bombay High Court could have suggested a fresh mechanism to look into the corruption allegations.

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  • Asad on October 1, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    Can someone please tell the courts that Srinivasan is not holding any office in BCCI but is just an "cricket enthusiast" so please don't deflate his enthusiasm.

  • vas on October 1, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    Srinivasan owns 0.05% shares in india cements. One solution for all this conflict of interest problem is to sell those shares. Do all the office bearers of bcci have to disclose any share ownership in companies associated with ipl? What is the minimum share one can own before breaking any rules?

  • Ashok on September 30, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    As Mr. Monga, Cricinfo Commenter, rightly said in his article that there us a lot of "Clean up work" to be done from the past in the BCCI itself. IPL is a subsidiary branch of BCCI. Since IPL has made BCCI rich, BCCI cannot brush away any wrong doings by IPL- such as "Spot Fixing" + charges against the CSK Owner, Mr. Meiyappan, as not being BCCI's responsibility. Supreme court should appoint an independent team to probe into why BCCI failed to keep IPL "Clean". Accountability is the Key word. BCCI is accountable for follies of IPL just like it utilizes the huge revenues from the same IPL to swell its coffers. You cannot eat the cake & have it too. Mr. Aditya Verma's petition deserves a lot of credit & will be taken seriously by the Supreme court. Albeit Srinivasan is appointed the President of BCCI, Dalmiya or alternate needs to be acting President till Meiyappan's charges under Section 420 if IPL are cleared. If found guilty of charges, a New BCCI president come in!

  • Dummy4 on September 30, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    Lack of knowledge and his innocence not knowing about the acts of his son in law Meiyappan is totally un acceptable. BCI cannot have two different yardsticks one for Srinivasan and other for other franchises. His ownership of CSK needs to be terminated as a first measure then followed up with an independent enquiry under the supervision of SC to confirm or otherwise of his involvement about. His son in law Meiyappan.

  • Sriram on September 30, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    The only man that can put a full stop for this hulla is N.Srinivasan himself. While on one hand i agree he might have nothing to do with his son-in-laws misgivings, he must take a moral ground and leave it, clean his image and then walk in. For those fans that does not know N.Srirnivasan's contribution prior to these allegations, he has supported cricket in TN for a very long time and the likes of Rahul Dravid and many more played for India Cements which is one of the most professional club in TN. Thier facilities are at most par with internaltional venues. So Mr.Srinivasan, we dont doubt your support to cricket but just clean the air!

  • Logan on September 30, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    He is a honest man,the his re election as BCCI's President just confirms the faith that the board has in him.He was responsible for getting the BCCI to where it is today,a strong no nonsense leader .For the few that were vying for his blood,remember the truth is stronger than your verdict of the man.

  • Dummy4 on September 30, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    He already gave a statement that he will follow the rules and regulations as per order of supreme court. He will wait till the verdict is over.

  • suresh kumar on September 30, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    what does it mean, can he take charge? Or wait till oct7?

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