(Cricinfo) The Indian Supreme Court has allowed N Srinivasanto contest the BCCI elections set for tomorrow but has said that if he wins he cannot take charge as president as long as it is hearing the case before it related to him and the board.
The ruling came on a petition filed by the Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) seeking to restrain Srinivasan from running for re-election pending the verdict on a petition filed by the CAB in July.
Srinivasan reacted by asserting that he would stand for re-election as the court had not stopped him from either attending the AGM or contesting the election.
The court is expected to hear the matter again on Monday, a day after the board meeting.
During the hearing, a bench comprising Justices A K Patnaik and J S Kehar remarked: “Why he is in charge (as the BCCI president) if his son-in-law is chargesheeted? Why are you (Srinivasan) so keen to be elected?”
Srinivasan had in June handed over charge of the daily running of the board to Jagmohan Dalmiya but was looking at tomorrow’s election as a way of legitimising his presidency. It is not immediately clear whether he will contest the election or whether this will give momentum to those in the BCCI opposing him. The earlier petition filed by the CAB had challenged the Bombay High Court’s order on the BCCI’s inquiry committee that investigated corruption in the IPL, on the grounds that it had failed to appoint a fresh panel despite finding the original one to be constituted illegally.
The Supreme Court was due to hear final arguments in the case on September 12, but ran out of time on that day.
The Bombay High Court order, too, came on a petition filed by the CAB questioning the constitution of the two-man inquiry committee set up by the BCCI to probe corruption allegations against the owners of Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings. Aditya Verma, the CAB’s secretary, had accused Srinivasan of utilising his position as the BCCI president to influence the setting up of the probe panel, which was formed to investigate his company India Cements – the owner of Super Kings – and his son-in-law and Super Kings official Gurunath Meiyappan, who was arrested and subsequently charged with illegal betting. The High Court concluded that there was “a degree of probability” of Srinivasan playing a role in setting up the inquiry panel.