Supreme Court has decreed that BCCI ex-President N Srinivasan cannot take the charge again even if he gets re-elected as President in the Annual General Meeting to be held at Chennai on Sunday. The decision has come as a big blow to Srinivasan who had all decks cleared for getting re-elected as the President for 3rd consecutive year.
The bench comprising of Justice A.K. Patnaik and Justice Jagdish Singh Kheharwas was hearing a petition filed by Cricket Association of Bihar, which challenged his re-election on ground that his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan is facing probe on the allegations of spot fixing and betting in IPL. Gurunath Meiyappan is also one of the promoters of Chennai Super Kings. He has been named in the 11,500-page charge sheet along with Bollywood actor Vindoo Dara Singh in the IPL Spot fixing Case.
Ironically, Bihar Cricket Association (BCA) not Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) is recognized by BCCI. CAB secretary Aditya Verma on Monday filed an application seeking an interim injunction restraining Srinivasan from attending the September 29 meeting. He also also sought to restrain the BCCI from inducting Srinivasan in any of its committees as a member or allow him to participate in any of the proceedings in any capacity.
Srinivasan’s name also figures among those charged by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in a corruption case involving YSR Congress party chief Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy.
Srinivasan stepped aside from the post of BCCI President on June 2, 2013 and appointed Jagmohan Dalmiya as the interim president.
The Supreme Court would next hear the case on September 30. Under these Circumstances, N Srinivasan might get elected and would appoint a caretaker President until the Supreme Court allows him to take charge. Srinivasan has got the support of all six South Zone affiliates – Tamil Nadu (his home state), Karnataka, Kerala, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh and Goa.