The Supreme Court’s decision to grant the Mudgal Committee a two-month extension to submit its report on the IPL corruption issue has left the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in a fix.
According to its annual schedule, the Indian board generally holds its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in the last week of September. But with the apex court having ensured that N Srinivasan will remain exiled from his post of BCCI president for at least two more months, the board’s calendar too is likely to be scuppered.
As per the BCCI’s constitution, it’s the president who is charged with signing all important documents, including those involving accounts and balance-sheets, before they are presented at the AGM.
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When Srinivasan was made to vacate the post in March, it was Shivlal Yadav, who was appointed interim president, to look after the day-to-day affairs of the board. And now all eyes are on the former India off-spinner to see how he deals with the conundrum.
“The BCCI has never had a post of ‘interim’ president in its constitution. Hence an interim president cannot sign on board accounts or documents. It was only after the Supreme Court order that Shivlal had to take up that post. Now in Srinivasan’s absence, he will have to take these calls,” a former office bearer explained.
“For the BCCI to adjourn its AGM, a special general meeting (SGM) has to be called by the working committee/president/interim president, and the resolution (at the SGM) needs to be passed by a two-third majority. Dalmiya had called an SGM when the AGM was adjourned in 2004,” senior BCCI member and Orissa Cricket Association secretary Ashirwad Behera said.
With the Supreme Court’s next hearing set for November 10, it now remains to be seen whether the board makes drastic changes to its constitution to pave the way for Srinivasan’s return at the helm.
“We all know Srinivasan wants to contest the election again. He might seek clarity from the Court on this matter in the coming days. The AGM will have to take place. Tomorrow if any association goes to court for delay in the AGM, then it will be Shivlal who will be held accountable and not Srinivasan,” another BCCI official said.
— inputs from Shamik Chakrabarty