New Delhi: Aug 30, 2013
The BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said it will be entirely Tamil Nadu strongman’s call but at the same time categorically mentioned that no one will stop Srinivasan from attending or chairing the meeting, where the date of the AGM is likely to be finalised.
“We have consulted the legal experts after today’s Supreme Court hearing. What we have gathered is that no one can and no one will in fact stop him from attending the meeting if he wishes to do so. He (Srinivasan) is well within his rights to attend the meeting but it will entirely be his call,” Patel told PTI over phone from Baroda today.
“In fact, it would be very helpful if Mr Srinivasan is able to attend the WC meeting in Kolkata as a lot of documents would need his signature. The Balance sheets and various reports that will be tabled at this meeting requires his signatures as Mr Dalmiya is not authorised to sign those documents. It is the right of the elected president,” Patel explained.
Srinivasan had stepped aside from discharging his functions as the BCCI president on June 2 after allegations of betting on IPL matches against his son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings Team Principal Gurunath Meiyappan.
On August 2, Srinivasan was supposed to chair a working committee meeting here but it was adjourned as there were speculations that his chairing the meeting might lead to contempt of court.
The Supreme Court today has issued notice to BCCI, N Srinivasan, his company India Cements, which owns Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals on a plea challenging Bombay High court order refusing to appoint a fresh committee to probe IPL spot-fixing scam.
A bench headed by Justice A K Patnaik agreed to hear the appeal filed by Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) against the Bombay High Court verdict and clubbed it with the petition of BCCI which had challenged the judgement declaring as illegal the Indian cricket board’s two-member probe panel set up to look into spot-fixing and betting charges in the IPL tournament.
The cross appeal filed by BCCI and CAB will be heard by the apex court on September 11.
While Patel said that he is not “competent authority to decide on Mr Srinivasan’s attendance” he counter questioned as to why Srinivasan can’t attend the meeting.
“I can’t understand why this question is repeatedly asked that whether he can attend the meeting or not. How can someone keep him out unless he is proved guilty?” Patel questioned.
The secretary informed that BCCI’s anti-corruption and security unit (ACSU) chief Ravi Sawani’s full report on the spot-fixing scandal will be tabled at the meeting.
“The report will be placed to the disciplinary committee to decide as to what actions need to be taken on the issue,” Patel stated.