In a big blow to former BCCI president N Srinivasan, the Supreme Court rejected N Srinivasan’s plea seeking clarification whether he could attend the governing body meeting in his capacity as the president of Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA). The decision has come after the Board of Cricket for Control in India (BCCI) has decided to call its Special General Meeting (SGM) in Mumbai on October 4 to select its new president, post the sudden death of Jagmohan Dalmiya.
The ruling hence paves the way for the eventual return of former BCCI president Shashank Manohar as president of the Board for the second time. Manohar’s last stint at the helm of BCCI was from 2008- 2011. He succeeded Maratha stalwart Sharad Pawar as BCCI president.
Talking about Srini’s involvement at the SGM, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said, Srinivasan can not attend the meeting but he was not barred from casting his vote. The BCCI on September 12 had 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 TNCA president.
The apex cricketing body sought the clarification by the court, as, 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.