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I welcome the court’s order,says N Srinivasan

Srinivasan is a happy man after Supreme Court allowed him to take charge as the BCCI president.

Written by Shamik Chakrabarty | Kolkata | Published: October 9, 2013 1:53:04 am

N Srinivasan is a happy man after Supreme Court allowed him to take charge as the BCCI president on Tuesday. He was re-elected unopposed at the cricket board’s 84th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Chennai on September 29 but was barred from taking charge before being given the reprieve by the apex court.

“I’m happy with the court order. I said this before and I’m saying it now that I have nothing to be worried about,because I’ve been walking the road of truth. I don’t have any reason to look over my shoulder. As far as the (new) probe panel is concerned,I really shouldn’t say anything. The highest court of the country has formed a panel,who am I to comment on that? I have no business (commenting on it). I just say I welcome the court order,” Srinivasan told The Indian Express.

A section of the BCCI,however,weren’t entirely pleased that retired Chief Justice of the High Court of Punjab and Haryana Mukul Mudgal would head the probe panel.

Better late than never

“Make no mistake,we are very happy with the order. In fact,this should have happened earlier. Also,we don’t have any problem with Justice Mudgal heading the panel. At the same time,however,he had his previous run-ins with the BCCI.

When Haroon Lorgat was the ICC chief executive and had joined hands with IS Bindra to implement the Woolf report to put the BCCI under pressure,Justice Mudgal was the man who assisted Lord Woolf to prepare the report.

It was Justice Mudgal who said there was no provision to keep the BCCI out of the RTI loop. So,his appointment may suggest some extraneous pressure. But he can’t create anything. The cricket board has nothing to hide. Rather,we want the truth to come out,” said a top BCCI official.

Incidentally,the BCCI had earlier formed a two-member probe panel comprising retired judges T Jayaram Chouta and R Balasubramanian,which cleared Srinivasan’s son-in-law and suspended Chennai Super Kings official Gurunath Meiyappan and Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra of any wrongdoings in the IPL spot-fixing and betting issues.

The Bombay High Court,however,declared the panel “illegal and unconstitutional” while hearing a PIL filed by Cricket Association of Bihar secretary Aditya Verma. The BCCI challenged the order in the Supreme Court. Verma couldn’t be contacted after Tuesday’s order.

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