IPL betting scandal: Supreme Court hints at high-powered panel for against Gurunath Meiyappan, tells Srinivasan to stay away from BCCI

SC objected to Srinivasan attending Tamil Nadu Cricket Association meetings despite stepping aside BCCI chief.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: December 9, 2014 9:48 pm
N Srinivasan The court gave Srinivasan four options if he along with BCCI did not want the court to issue adverse orders.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday hinted that a high-powered committee could be set up to decide on the punishment for those who breached the IPL code of conduct, including Gurunath Meiyappan, the son-in-law of BCCI President-in-exile N Srinivasan.

The committee, that could include retired judges, will also look into whether Srinivasan’s role in the alleged betting and spot-fixing scam in IPL 6 and if the role of the two requires punishment and the quantum.

The court also suggested various options including whether Srinivasan wanted to remain in BCCI or retain his team CSK in the IPL. Whether the committee should be external or should be a in-house committee of BCCI, the apex court observed.

The court said maintaining the “purity” of cricket was utmost important for it and hinted at setting up a high-powered committee to suggest measures for cleansing the game and ascertain if there was conflict of interest involving Srinivasan.

“That committeee has to be a high-powered committee and that committee will also look into the conflict of interest and its findings will be binding on BCCI,” a bench of justices T S Thakur and F M I Kalifulla observed while hinting that the committee would consist of retired judges.

The bench said somebody has to take a call on the punishment on the basis of the Mudgal Committee report but the question is who should be given the task.

“We are not very keen to decide on punishment. We want the system to be more effective,” the bench said adding “action has to follow immediately”.

Though Justice Mudgal committee has not found anything regarding the “cover-up” by Srinivasan for alleged involvement of his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan in betting and spot-fixing scandal, the bench said the high powered committee would have to examine various angles and the issue of conflict of interest would be one.

“Conflict of interest issue can be a course correction for future. If committee says there was a conflict of interest in Srinivasan’s function, it cannot say punish but suggest for amendments in the rule,” it said adding the committee would also look into the aspect of whether a person’s involvement in cricket administration while wearing multiple hats amounts to conflict of interest.

The bench said the committee would examine and analyse the aspect of quantum of punishment likely to be inflicted upon persons found guilty of breaching the code of conduct.

The apex court took exception to Srinivasan attending Tamil Nadu Cricket Association’s meeting in November after he had voluntarily stepped aside as cricket administrator, forcing him to admit that it was mistake on his part.



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  1. A
    Dec 9, 2014 at 9:04 pm
    The lure for money and power lead to conflict of interest. But people like Srinivasan are shameless enough to keep pushing their self interests! Wonder if the rule of law even prevails in India ? It seems every insution is a fiefdom of vested interests.
    1. Chandrakant Marathe
      Dec 10, 2014 at 4:50 am
      It appears from the Supreme Courts observations the case will be a damp squib. Surprisingly the case is disappearing from newspaper and channel headlines and court is becoming more and more vague in its observations as if no serious crime is committed. I hope the court match is also not fixed !!!! It appears so.....
      1. C
        Dec 9, 2014 at 9:53 am
        Its the end of srinivasan, but unfortunately, the one who replaces srinivasan will also do the same, what will the court do for that???
        1. S
          Dec 9, 2014 at 3:02 pm
          He is already in India
          1. G
            G. R.
            Dec 9, 2014 at 11:57 am
            BCCI is Srinivasan's fiefdom. He is law unto himself. He never bothers for any court. Look at the way he is pouring money just to keep the position. Entire BCCI is behind him. Even the Apex court is spending its valuable time on this person so much. It should p an order that Srinivasan in his lifetime should not return to BCCI. Otherwise the game of cricket that was once a gentleman's game shall get reduced to a farce and become a game controlled by rouges. It is an irony that all past presidents of BCCI have fought tooth and nail to be in the position like I. S. Bhindra, Jagmohan Dalmiya once they have tasted power and money.
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