N Srinivasan steps aside as BCCI president; Jagmohan Dalmiya to act as interim chief

N Srinivasan was expected to announce his resignation during the working committee meeting on Sunday
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Chennai: Jun 2, 2013
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President N Srinivasan has stepped aside from his post during the Working Committee meeting in Chennai on Sunday. Jagmohan Dalmiya, has made a comeback in to the scheme of things as head of Working Group handling the daily affairs of the BCCI.

According to sources, Arun Jaitley was offered the post of BCCI president. Jaitley, however refused to accept and proposed Jagmohan Dalmiya and Shashank Manohar’s name. Since Manohar was not present in the meeting, Dalmiya’s name was accepted by the board members.

The press release given out after the meeting concluded states that N Srinivasan will not discharge his duties as president of BCCI, till such time that the probe is completed.

The BCCI press release also said that the committee expressed full confidence in Sanjay Jagdale and Ajay Shirke and requested them to withdraw their resignation in the larger interest of the board.

Despite repeated requests, Ajay Shirke and Sanjay Jagdale seem to be defiant on reconsidering their return to the BCCI fold after submitting their respective resignations as treasurer and secretary of BCCI on May 31.
After Rajeev Shukla’s exit on Saturday, Srinivasan was left with no choice but to step aside in the wake of the spot-fixing and betting saga that has come up in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013. But the meeting held in Chennai saw a lot of action over the legality of the meeting.

Sunday’s meeting was convened without giving the mandatory three days’ notice. That makes it unconstitutional and puts another ace up Srinivasan’s sleeve as any decision taken at the meeting cannot be legally implemented.

Despite mounting pressure, Srinivasan still had an escape route. It’s the Working Committee of the BCCI which is meeting in Chennai. And the Working Committee does not have the constitutional right to remove the president. That is something only a Special General Body meeting of the BCCI can do.
Srinivasan who was at the helm of BCCI’s top post since September 2011 was under severe pressure to step down after his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan was arrested by Mumbai Police on alleged charges of betting.

Even before his resignation, Srinivasan seemed to have set his own terms. According to a Times Now report on Saturday, Srinivasan agreed to step down from his post, but wanted to represent India in the ICC.

Both Jagdale and Shirke had expressed their disappointment over the developments since the past few days. “Right now, it’s better I get out. Let some new faces come and handle the responsibility,” he reacted after his resignation.”

While Srinivasan tried to weather the storm after Meiyappan’s arrest, the situation took a turn for the worst after the resignation of the two top officials. It was also said that all five BCCI vice-presidents were contemplating their resignation if Srinivasan did not relent thereby further mounting the pressure on him.
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