BCCI AGM will be held on November 20, as scheduled © Getty Images (Representational Photo)
BCCI AGM will be held on November 20, as scheduled © Getty Images (Representational Photo)

Oct 13, 2014

The Supreme Court on Monday decided not to advance the date of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Annual General Meeting (AGM) which would be a huge relief for N Srinivasan and his supporters. The court decision came after hearing a petition filed by Cricket Association of Bihar saying the BCCI flouted its constitution by deferring the AGM by almost two months.

So now the BCCI AGM will be held on November 20, as scheduled and in all probabilities Srinivasan who is currently the president of International Cricket Council (ICC), will be nominated from the East Zone and should win comfortably, NDTV reported.

Lawyer Nalini Chidambaram appeared for Bihar Cricket Association, who filed a petition filed by saying the BCCI flouted its constitution by deferring the AGM by almost two months. Chidambaram argued that as per Supreme Court orders, Srinivasan can’t contest BCCI elections and to facilitate his return, the AGM has been postponed. Chidambaram also argued that the continuance of existing working committee members was illegal.

Kapil Sibal, who represented Srinivasan, told the court that AGM is held every year and as per rule, the existing members continue till next the AGM is held. Senior advocate Ariyama Sundaram argued for BCCI and questioned the CAB’s locus standi. He argued that the Bihar body was not even a member of the BCCI and thus should not be bothered about the AGM.

The judges said, “Let us wait for the probe committee report. We are bothered about the allegations of spot-fixing and betting not about AGM. If the probe committee exonerates Srinivasan he can contest but if elections are held now he will be disqualified. Your (CAB) real purpose of filing this petition is to prevent Srinivasan from contesting. Let us wait for the probe report.”

Supreme Court also informed on Monday that the BCCI AGM case will be taken up on November 10 along with the Mudgal committee report. If Srinivasan is cleared by the report, he will be expected to contest for another term as BCCI president. Sources say he has already secured the votes of East Zone units whose turn it is to elect a new chief. In September 2013, he won a year’s extension after South Zone units unanimously voted for the Tamil Nadu businessman.