India news November 10, 2014

Decision on Srinivasan's re-election eligibility postponed

ESPNcricinfo staff

A decision on whether N Srinivasan, the BCCI's sidelined president, will be allowed to stand for re-election on November 20 has been put off by another four days. The Supreme Court special bench studying the Mudgal committee report into betting and spot-fixing in IPL 2013 adjourned the matter till November 14, after listening to arguments by lawyers on both sides, the petitioners - the Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) - and the defendants - the BCCI.

The Mudgal committee report had been placed before the Supreme Court on November 3, following a two-month investigation of allegations against 13 individuals, including Srinivasan, following the IPL spot-fixing crisis last year. A two-man Supreme Court special bench, comprising Justice TS Thakur and Justice FM Khalifullah, on Monday said that the court had not read the report.

There were two lines of argument discussed: first, whether Srinivasan should be allowed to contest the BCCI election given his proximity to Gurunath Meiyappan - the prime accused in Mumbai Police case into the IPL spot-fixing, who is Srinivasan's son-in-law - and, second, whether it was feasible for the Mudgal committee report to be released to the public.

Srinivasan's counsel Kapil Sibal said that if there were no conclusions on or indictment against his client, he should be allowed to contest the elections. He was counter-questioned by Justice Thakur, who pointed out the indictment of someone - Meiyappan - "close to the individual" seeking election. While Sibal asked how a relative could disqualify anyone from contesting an election - it did not happen in Parliament elections, he said - the opposing counsel Harish Salve said that Srinivasan should be liable in case he was involved in a "cover up" in the IPL case.

At one point, Justice Thakur asked counsel if they were in agreement about the report being made public. Srinivasan's counsel Sibal said making the report public did not serve any purpose as it was merely an "adjudication" and "not the gospel", and would lead to the sentiments of many being hurt. Salve, the lawyer for CAB, said it should be left to the court to decide what parts needed to be made public.

The Mudgal committee submitted a set of three documents to the court on November 3: a 35-page report on the findings and conclusions of the investigation, a report from former India captain Sourav Ganguly related to cricket matters, and a report on the details of the investigation carried out by the police officers attached to the case - senior IPS officer BB Misra, who is the deputy director general of the Narcotics Control Bureau Division, headed the investigation, which also included one police officer each from Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.

The lawyer for the Mudgal committee, Raju Ramachandran, told the court that the 35-page Mudgal committee report did not contain names of individuals, but numbers that have been assigned to particular players who featured in the investigation. A key to these numbers, he said, would only be provided to the judges.

This specific case dates back to June 2013 when AdityaVerma, secretary of the CAB, raised charges of a conflict of interest in the BCCI's original two-member inquiry panel for the IPL corruption issue. 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.

The Supreme Court then appointed a three-member committee, headed by former High Court judge Mukul Mudgal and comprising additional solicitor general L Nageswara Rao and Nilay Dutta to conduct an independent inquiry into the allegations of corruption against Meiyappan, India Cements, and Rajasthan Royals team owner Jaipur IPL Cricket Private Ltd, as well as with the larger mandate of allegations around betting and spot-fixing in IPL matches and the involvement of players.

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  • Jagan on November 11, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    Not sure what will the outcome be. Going by all odds, N Srinivasan will come out clean. For those who believe that the game's administration must be left in the hands of former cricketers, they are completely wrong. I am not sure if anyone else has made this game commercially as successful as the current BCCI administration has been doing so far. We have seen some unprecedented improvements in all aspects of the game such as current and former players welfare, revenues, infrastructures, world class out fields, spotting young talents and taking the game outside of the typical metros. I think, corrective measures must be put in place based on the outcome of the report rather than going after a particular person or a group of people. One has to be aware, people that are power hungry (politicians) that are waiting to sneak back in to power.

  • Dummy4 on November 11, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    Cricket and Cricket Administration are two different things. Just assuming Mr.Srinivasan leaves the scene and some X,Y or Z takes up his position as an ICC/BCCI chief, what are the sea changes we are going to witness ? Are we saying, Cricket played nowadays will come back to the way it was played in the 70s and early 80s ? One has to bear in mind that, C for Cricket has now got its image changed to C for Commercial. As cricket followers, we don't have a choice other than to get adapted to this change because the game in itself has gone through immense changes for the last two decades.

  • Steve on November 11, 2014, 2:58 GMT

    Sincerely hoping N.Srinivasan will leave Indian cricket or the game of cricket in general very soon and return to his true business. Leave cricket to cricket Pros.

  • Dummy4 on November 10, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    So Dhoni is not in the first test for Aus. It all adds up ;)

  • Dummy4 on November 10, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    IF the Mudgal Report, with numbers instead of names, is made public, it can provide an excellent opportunity for one of the sports channels to start a new serial: "Match the Numbers with the names". Even if it will remain in the realm of guesswork, such a show will attract good viewer rating, and consequently good ad revenue. Who says that we don't encourage free enterprise?

  • suresh kumar on November 10, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    truth will prevail, srinivasan will come out clean and serve for Indian cricket.

  • Android on November 10, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    Srinivasan name should never appear as he is too critical on the use of drs. BCCI should cooperate with the icc on the use of drs for any bilateral tours.

  • Mohamed on November 10, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    Make the report public..what is there to hide. The public should be aware who are these numbers cricketers....

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