Underlining that something was seriously wrong with the BCCI,the Supreme Court on Monday asked its re-elected president N Srinivasan not to take charge of his office until the court formed an opinion on its impact on the IPL spot-fixing and betting probe.
A bench of Justices A K Patnaik and J S Khehar posted the case for further hearing on October 7 while soliciting views of the Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB),which has pleaded to restrain Srinivasan from assuming his post in the wake of the alleged involvement of his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan.
The court had on Friday allowed the BCCI to go ahead with its Annual General Meeting and also hold its election but prohibited Srinivasan from taking charge of the Presidents post even if he succeeds in getting another term.
Later,at the AGM in Chennai Sunday,Srinivasan go re-elected and won a years extension.
Informing the bench about his extension on Monday,BCCIs counsel requested to let Srinivasan discharge his official duties as the president in accordance with the constitution of the Board.
The counsel added that the BCCI will constitute a fresh probe panel to investigate allegations of corruption in IPL 2013. The Board proposed the names of senior advocates and BCCI members Arun Jaitley and Niloy Dutta,while stating that Srinivasan will keep himself completely out of IPL probe related issues.
BCCI losing credibility
The bench however retorted: Dont be in a hurry. We will take up the case on October 7 and decide what should happen. The other side (Bihar) also agrees that BCCI chief has to discharge his duties. BCCI must continue its work and so the president has to function. At the same time his function should not affect the fairness of the probe. But why has BCCI lost its credibility? The only thing to be seen is how Srinivasan being the president will affect the IPL probe.
It further said that the court was concerned with the happenings in the BCCI,particularly because of the sport. The fact is that so many things are coming out of IPL and BCCI… something is seriously wrong with the apex body controlling cricket, the bench pointed out.
It asked the CAB to consider the suggestions of the BCCI in letting Srinivasan discharge day-to-day functions while a fresh probe panel could be instituted to look into spot fixing and betting allegations into IPL.
The CAB has been asked to respond by October 7 when the court will examine contentions of both sides and decide on the future of Srinivasan as the Indian cricket board chief.
On the last date of hearing,while passing the restraint order,the court had come down heavily on the BCCI for letting Srinivasan continue at the helm of the affairs although his son-in-law had been chargesheeted by the police in spot fixing scandal.
Why and how is he continuing when his son-in-law is involved? Why are you (BCCI) so keen on holding your election when the Supreme Court of India is seized of the matter?
The court had added: We dont know anybody. We only know cricket. We only know BCCI. Why are you (Srinivasan) so keen to be re-elected? It is quite possible that the election is in the agenda of the proposed AGM so you may hold your election. But you (Srinivasan) dont take charge until we say so.