BCCI files petition, asks SC for clarity on Srinivasan

New Delhi, Sep 12 (IANS) The Indian cricket board filed a petition in the Supreme Court here on Saturday asking for a clarification whether former president N. Srinivasan can attend its meetings or not.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India filed a 238-page petition requesting the apex court to clarify whether its former president and current International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman should be allowed to attend the meetings as Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) president.

A copy of the petition was also handed over to Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) secretary Aditya Verma, who was also the petitioner in the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot fixing and betting scandal.

“I was given a copy of the 238-page petition which was filed today,” Verma told IANS over the phone.

Verma questioned that how, despite offering an unconditional apology to the Supreme Court for presiding over a BCCI Working Committee meeting on February 8, Srinivasan can still attend a board meeting.

Srinivasan had offered the apology in the wake of a contempt petition by CAB which had said that Srinivasan had committed a contempt of court by presiding over the meeting. On January 22, the apex court had said that Srinivasan cannot contest elections for BCCI presidency as long as he is involved in “conflict of interest” as an owner of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

Recently on August 28, the BCCI Working Committee meeting was adjourned in Kolkata after it was decided to seek the Supreme Court’s opinion on whether Srinivasan could attend the deliberations as TNCA representative.

Srinivasan had earlier in the year been asked by the Supreme Court to step aside as BCCI president to facilitate investigation of the 2013 IPL scandal. His son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan has been convicted of betting in IPL and banned from any cricketing activity for life.

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