N Srinivasan had earlier sought Court's permission to contest elections © IANS
N Srinivasan had earlier sought Court’s permission to contest elections © IANS

Jan 22, 2015

Supreme Court on Thursday announced that N Srinivasan cannot contest the next elections of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Srinivasan had earlier sought the court’s permission in November 2014 to contest the elections. The court said Srinivasan cannot contest the elections until he gives up commercial interest in the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) franchise.

The Supreme Court, during the hearing on the matter said that the cricket governing body in India will have to hold elections in the next six weeks. The BCCI elections were on hold following the continued hearing on the spot-fixing and betting scandal in the Supreme Court, which not only tarnished the image of the Indian cricket board but also the several officials associated with it. The court said that the clause 6.2.4 allowed N Srinivasan to own an IPL team and also remain the president of the cricket board, as it asked the clause to be terminated.

Srinivasan had said that he will contest the BCCI, but will not be involved with the affairs of the Indian Premier League (IPL). He also has stated that he will not be attending the IPL Governing Council meetings.

During the hearing, the apex court said that Chennai Super Kings (CSK) official and son-in-law of Srinivasan, Gurunath Meiyappan was involved in IPL betting, and so was the co-owner of Rajasthan Royals, Raj Kundra.

The court said that a separate committee consisting former Justice Lodha, Justice Ravindran and Justice Bhan will decide on the future of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals.

The Supreme Court of India on Thursday also cleared the troubled Indian cricket administrator Srinivasan on charges of cover-up in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 spot-fixing and betting scandal. Supreme Court passed the information during the hearing on the matter, as it is expected to announce its judgement.

In September last year, the Supreme Court had refused to reinstate Srinivasan as the president of the BCCI, meanwhile asking the probing committee head by Justice Mukul Mudgal to submit the report within two months. The hearing of this case was then adjourned till November 10, 2014. The Mudgal Panel had earlier submitted its interim report after conducting a few investigations. However, it is yet to meet a few players and gain more details in this case.  This could have its implications on the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) Annual General Meeting. N Srinivasan was earlier asked to step aside as BCCI President and he cannot apply for another term unless the investigations are not complete.