Friday, September 9, 2011

SC go-ahead for Srinivasan to head BCCI

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday cleared the decks for N Srinivasan, presidentelect of the BCCI, to take over as the chief of the Indian cricket board on Sept 19. The apex court’s refusal to restrain Srinivasan came on an application field by former BCCI chief AC Muthiah, who had sought a stay on Srinivasan taking over as BCCI chief.
Aryama Sundaram and PS Raman, senior advocates representing the BCCI, said that “no interim order has been passed on AC Muthiah’s plea to request stay”. Further, Srinivasan’s legal counsel Gopal Subramanium added that “he (Srinivasan) is free to take over his new role”.
A bench of Justices Aftab Alam and RM Lodha, however, clarified that the decision would be subject to the final outcome of the petition filed by Muthiah. The court has ordered that Srinivasan and BCCI will adhere to the final decision of the apex court.
Muthiah had alleged that Srinivasan should be disqualified from holding any post in the cricket board because of a conflict of interest, since he was also the owner of the Chennai Super Kings IPL franchise. Muthiah alleged that an amendment to the BCCI constitution was brought about specifically to benefit Srinivasan to hold the two posts, since it was illegal under BCCI rules for its officials to have commercial stakes in its own tournaments.
Earlier, an apex court bench had given a split verdict on Muthiah’s petition and the case was referred to a larger bench. On April 28 this year, a two-judge bench of JM Panchal and Gyan Sudha Mishra had given the split verdict and the matter was referred to the Chief Justice. Muthiah then moved the apex court with a fresh plea but the court, this time, has refrained from passing an order, thus providing Srinivasan some much-needed relief.

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