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By Abhijit Banare
In yet another big setback for N Srinivasan, President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the Supreme Court on Thursday passed three key proposals which could topple the existing chief of the apex body for cricket in India. The Supreme Court is yet to pass an order and have given time till 10:30 am on Friday (March 28). It will be the first case to be taken up on Friday. The Court will present three proposals which in its opinion was deemed necessary to ensure a fair probe and clean-up of the game. The three proposals will be discussed between the two parties and a verdict will be passed. This decision will be binding on the BCCI. Failure to follow will be considered as civil contempt of court.
Following are the proposals:
1. Remove N Srinivasan and replace him with Sunil Gavaskar
The Supreme Court has stated that till the time the Indian Premier League (IPL) probe is complete, Srinivasan will have to step down and stay away from the affairs of the board. This proposal comes as a setback as the BCCI chief had proposed that he will step aside (not step down). However, what comes as a surprise decision is that legendary cricketer and commentator Sunil Gavaskar take up the affairs of the board. However, the court has not yet made any observation whether Srinivasan will be allowed to participate in the BCCI elections in September 2014 or return to power once the probe is completed.
2. Ban Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals
With just 20 days to go for BCCI’s marquee tournament, the apex court has proposed that two franchises, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals should not be featuring in the IPL 7. This comes as a setback for the board as it means that the court has found serious charges against these franchises. Their continued participation would have affected the probe. As per disciplinary rules of the IPL, if the teams are found involved in betting or fixing-related activities, they face suspension from the tournament. Though the court has asked these two franchises to not participate, it does not mean that they are guilty. The probe is yet to complete.
These two franchises will have to be present in the court and reply to the court and only if deemed necessary. They will be allowed more time to reply to the petition.
3. No India Cements employee to be associated with BCCI
In yet another scathing attack, the apex court has proposed that no BCCI official can have links with the India Cements. India Cements owns the Chennai Super Kings franchisee. This is where the conflict of interest lies. And one of the reason why the petitioner’s lawyer, Harish Salve, raised the issue of MS Dhoni’s conflict of interest because the Indian captain is serving as vice-president of India Cements. As per the arguments presented by Salve, Dhoni gave a false statement when he deposed before the Justice Mudgal committee which was also looking on Meiyappan’s role in CSK.
These three points are yet to be passed as the apex court’s verdict but the writing is clearly on the wall for Srinivasan as well as the franchises allegedly involved in wrong doings.
(Abhijit Banare is a reporter at CricketCountry. He is an avid quizzer and loves to analyse and dig out interesting facts which allows him to learn something new every day. Apart from cricket he also likes to keep a sharp eye on Indian politics, and can be followed on Twitter and blog)
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