Cricket Association of Bihar moves SC for stay on BCCI polls

Cricket Association of Bihar moves SC for stay on BCCI polls
Cricket Association of Bihar moves SC for stay on BCCI polls

The Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court seeking stay of BCCI election for office bearers scheduled for May 22 and to bar chargesheeted candidates from contesting.

The plea was mentioned before a vacation bench of Justices A.M. Sapre and Ashok Bhushan which refused to hear it saying it is part-heard matter and regular bench is already hearing it.

Counsel appearing for CAB said that it is an urgent matter as the election is scheduled for May 22 and no prior 21 days’ notice has been given for the elections.

He also sought implementation of the Lodha Committee recommendations under which a candidate, who has been chargesheeted in a case, cannot contest the BCCI election for office bearers.

The apex bench asked the counsel for CAB to mention the matter before vacation Registrar for listing it before another bench noting that it is already being heard by regular bench.

A bench headed by Chief Justice T.S. Thakur, which is already hearing the matter, had earlier pulled up the BCCI for resisting the Justice R.M. Lodha-led committee’s recommendation on capping the age of its office bearers to 70 years.

The current proceedings in the apex court are the outcome of the petition filed by CAB through its secretary Aditya Kumar Verma who alleged large scale irregularities.

The apex court had on April 25 pulled up BCCI for “monopolizing” cricket in the country and had said several youngsters “wanting to be Dhonis and Kohlis” are not given equal opportunity if they are not on the right side of the cricket body.

The apex court had appointed senior advocate Gopal Subramanium as amicus curiae in the matter and sought his assistance to explore as to how the recommendations of Justice Lodha committee favouring large-scale structural reforms, which BCCI and other boards have been resisting, could be implemented.

( Source – PTI )

Can N Srinivasan be kept away from BCCI due to Gurunath Meiyappan ‘s role in IPL scam : SC

N Srinivasan’s fate as cricket administrator continues to hang in the balance with the Supreme Court today raising a question whether he can be allowed to head BCCI if his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan is found to be involved in IPL-6 betting and spot-fixing scandal.

A bench headed by Justice T S Thakur, which said that it would open Justice Mukul Mudgal committee report on the scam on November 14, said there will be “no difficulty” if there is nothing against Srinivasan and his relative in the report but what would happen if there are findings against his relative?

Responding to the query, Srinivasan’s counsel and senior advocate Kapil Sibal submitted that he should be allowed to return back as head of the BCCI if there is nothing against him and action can be taken against his relative if there is an adverse finding in the report.
Sibal said, “I (Srinivasan) will take the report as it is and will not question its findings.”

Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for the N Srinivasanon whose plea the apex court had ordered probe against Srinivasan and 12 other capped cricketers in the scandal, submitted that the BCCI chief had tried to cover-up the role of his son-in-law and he should not be allowed to contest election for the post of President of the Board.
Salve said the committee report should be made public but it was opposed by Sibal saying that in the interest of the game the entire report be not made public.

Senior advocate Raju Ramachandran, appearing for the Mudgal committee, submitted that the 35-page report does not name any player and they are referred as numbers whose key is there in a separate report.

The bench, after hearing all the sides, adjourned the case for November 14 when it will go through the report.

The bench also turned down the plea of BCCI, seeking its direction to stay the proceedings on a plea at Bombay High Court which is to decide validity of amendments in the BCCI rules allowing Srinivasan to contest the election for the post of BCCI president.

The apex court, however, asked the HC to confine its hearing on the validity of the rules.

The court had on September 1 rejected Srinivasan’s plea for reinstatement as BCCI President saying he cannot be allowed to take charge till he gets a clean chit from the Committee which was probing him and others in the matter.

The bench had said that probe was going on and Srinivasan could not be allowed to function as BCCI President.

Justice Mudgal committee, which was conducting probe against Srinivasan and 12 prominent players in the scandal, had on August 29 filed its interim report in a sealed cover before the Supreme Court.

The apex court had on May 16 given the task to conduct probe against 69-year-old Srinivasan and 12 players to Justice Mudgal panel and asked it to file its report. It had rejected BCCI’s proposal to conduct the probe through its own panel.

Verma urges Asian Cricket Council to shun Srinivasan

shunThe unrecognised Cricket Association of Bihar Secretary Aditya Verma on Friday called on the Asian Cricket Council to bar N Srinivasan from heading the body, saying that allowing him to do so would be in violation of a Supreme Court order.

“…As on date Mr Srinivasan is debarred from functioning as the President of BCCI. If Mr Srinivasan is precluded from functioning as the President of BCCI because a probe panel has been constituted by the Hon`ble Supreme Court into the serious allegations made by the probe panel against him, the ACC cannot allow N Srinivsan as President of ACC,” Verma said in a statement.

“Any such permission will sully the image of ACC and will bring disrepute to ACC and the BCCI would be made a laughing stock… If a person is not fit to hold the post of President of the BCCI then the said person should be unfit to hold office of ACC President,” he added.

Srinivasan has been forced to step aside as BCCI President on the directions of the Supreme Court in the wake of the ongoing probe into the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal.

(Source: PTI)

SC restraint order on BCCI chief Srinivasan to continue

N Srinivasan, though re-elected BCCI president on Sunday, would remain unable to function as the board chief since the Supreme Court on Monday declined to revoke its orders restraining him. The apex court bench headed by Justice AK Patnaik asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India

 (BCCI) to furnish its proposal under which Srinivasan will be allowed to discharge his duties mandated by the BCCI constitution while completely keeping off the probe into allegations against his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan of involvement in spot fixing and betting in the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL).

The court said this after the BCCI pleaded that Srinivasan be allowed to discharge certain responsibilities as the board chief.

Senior counsel Harish Salve, appearing for Cricket Association of Bihar, said they could respond to the suggestion by the BCCI only after receiving the concrete proposal in writing.

The apex court was hearing a petition filed last week by Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) secretary Aditya Verma pleading that Srinivasan be barred from contesting the BCCI presidential election. He also wanted the SC to issue an interim ban preventing Srinivasan from being a member of any committee of the Indian cricket board.

The petition was filed on the ground that Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan is being probed for placing bets in the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches.

The apex court allowed Srinivasan to contest the election but said that he cannot discharge his duties.

In the course of the hearing, the court observed that “so many things are coming about IPL and something seems wrong with the apex cricketing body… why it has lost its credibility”, Justice Patnaik asked BCCI counsel CA Sundaram.

(Source: IANS)

SC to hear pleas against high court verdict on IPL probe panel

The Supreme Court will Sep 11 hear cross-petitions by the BCCI and Cricket Association of Bihar challenging the Bombay High Court judgment holding that the panel that probed allegations of betting and spot fixing during the sixth version of IPL was not validly constituted.

A bench of Justice A.K. Patnaik and Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, while directing the listing of the matter for final hearing Sep 11, issued notice to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI); N. Srinivasan, who stepped aside as BCCI chief; Indian Cements Ltd – the owner of Chennai Super Kings; and Jaipur IPL Cricket Private Ltd on the CAB’s plea.

A two-member probe panel comprising retired judges Justice T. Jayarama Chouta and Justice R. Balasubramanian had given a clean chit to Chennai Super King’s Gurunath Meiyappan, the son-in-law of Srinivasan, and Rajasthan Royals owner Raj Kundra for their alleged involvement in betting in Indian Premier League (IPL).

While BCCI has challenged the high court verdict holding the probe panel as invalid, the Bihar cricket panel filed a petition contending that the high court, after invalidating the two-member probe panel as not validly constituted in terms of apex cricketing body’s rules, should have on its own appointed an independent inquiry panel.

Appearing for the Bihar Cricket Association, senior counsel Harish Salve said the cross-petitions had been filed to address the limited portion of the High court judgment wherein after junking the validity of the BCCI probe panel, it did not take to its logical conclusion by setting up a probe panel on its own or suggesting suitable alternate method to inquire into the various allegations.

He said that after observing that the BCCI’s probe panel suffered from “serious lack of probity, transparency and respect for its own Rules” was it correct on the part of the high court to refrain from taking steps to ensure that further course of investigation is also not tainted by the lack of sincerity and vested motives of Srinivasan.

Appearing for the BCCI, senior counsel C.A. Sundram urged the court to hold hearing on the BCCI plea as the outcome of this hearing would also address the contention being made in the plea by the Cricket Association of Bihar.

Srinivasan had to step aside as BCCI president in the wake of allegation of the involvement of Meiyappan, who was looking after IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings, in the betting scandal. Srinivasan was replaced by Jagmohan Dalmiya who held temporary charge for the day-to-day running of the cricketing body’s affairs.

(Source: IANS)