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SC to hear BCCI’s plea for clarification on Srinivasan


N Srinivasan

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday said it would hear the Indian cricket board’s plea seeking clarification whether its former president N. Srinivasan could attend the governing body meeting in his capacity as the president of Tamil Nadu Cricket Association.

The apex court bench headed by Justice T.S. Thakur said it would hear the plea in the near future but declined to give any date.

The court said this as senior counsel K.K. Venugopal appearing for the the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) mentioned for an early hearing the application filed by it last week.

The BCCI on September 12 urged the apex court to clarify whether its former president and current International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman Srinivasan should be allowed to attend the meetings as the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) president.

The apex cricketing body sought the clarification as court by its January 22, 2015, order had said that Srinivasan cannot contest elections for BCCI presidency as long as he is involved in “conflict of interest” as an owner of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

The question posed for clarification is whether having been barred from contesting election on account of his being in conflict of interest situation also excluded Srinivasan from attending the cricket board’s meetings.

Recently on August 28, the BCCI Working Committee meeting was adjourned in Kolkata after it was decided to seek the apex Court’s opinion on whether Srinivasan could attend the deliberations as TNCA representative.

Srinivasan was earlier in the year asked by the Supreme Court to step aside as the BCCI president to facilitate investigation of the 2013 IPL scandal. His son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan has been convicted of betting in the IPL and banned from any cricketing activity for life.