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N Srinivasan cannot represent BCCI in ICC meeting: SC

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Supreme today said former President cannot represent the board in the April 24 meeting as he has been held guilty of "conflict of interest" and "abuse of authority".

The apex allowed acting secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in (BCCI), Amitabh Chaudhary, to represent the board in International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting and asked BCCI's CEO Rahul Johri to accompany him.


The was informed that Srinivasan and Niranjan Shah, who were rendered ineligible to become office-bearers in the and state cricket associations by virtue of the apex court's verdict, could participate in tomorrow's special general body meeting of and may be nominated to take part in the meeting.

"cannot go (for meeting)," a bench headed by Justice said.

"This person (Srinivasan) was held guilty by this for conflict of interest and abuse of authority. He cannot go," the bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said, adding "a man, once having a conflict of interest, cannot go".

"Regard being had to the significance of representation of the in the said international body, i.E. ICC, it is directed that Amitabh Chaudhary shall represent the before and Rahul Johri shall accompany him and also attend the meeting of the chief executive officers," the bench said.

The top court, on January 22, 2015, had barred Srinivasan from contesting any polls unless he forsakes ownership of an IPL team.

The had also assailed the amendment in rules permitting cricket administrators like Srinivasan to have commercial interest by owing teams in IPL and Champions League and had said it was bad on grounds of conflict of interest.

During the hearing today, senior advocate Kapil Sibal and advocates representing the parties in the matter said that Chaudhary was a qualified person and was well-versed with all the facts. So he could be nominated to attend the meeting.

Senior advocate P Chidambaram, appearing for the apex court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), said the issue was whether a person who has been disqualified by virtue of the court's verdict, could be nominated to represent the in meeting in which revenue-sharing between the members of the apex cricket body would be discussed, apart from other issues.

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, who was appearing for the cricket associations of the armed forces, association of universities and Railways, told the that a person having the know-how and experience of at least 15-20 years in the affairs of cricket body should go to attend the meeting.

To this, the bench said, "we agree on this. We can send this second man (Niranjan Shah) who is 74 years old but having an experience of 40 years."

"We have names of two persons in our mind, Shah and Chaudhary," the bench said, after which Chidambaram said the can appoint anyone to attend the meeting but Johri should be allowed to accompany him.

"We will zero in on Amitabh Chaudhary, who is the acting secretary of BCCI," the bench said and posted the matter for further hearing on July 14.

When the bench said that Srinivasan cannot be allowed to go to attend meeting, Sibal said neither Srinivasan, nor Shah has been disqualified by virtue of the court's order.

He said Srinivasan was given a clean chit by the apex but the bench was not inclined to consider his name.

The bench then asked Sibal and other advocates to suggest names who could be appointed to attend the meeting.

Senior advocate Gopal Subramanium, who has been assisting the as an amicus curiae, told the bench that a person who has been disqualified cannot represent the in the meeting.

He said that various state associations have not complied with the apex court's orders and they cannot nominate someone, who has been disqualified, as nominees to represent in meeting.

The was hearing CoA's interim application seeking clarification on whether persons, who are rendered ineligible to hold posts in cricket bodies as per the July 18, 2016 judgement, can be nominated as representative to take part in the meeting.

The CoA had said the apex had accepted suggestions of the Justice panel on the issue of eligibility criteria for becoming office bearers in the and state cricket bodies and one of the conditions was a person, above the age of 70 years, could not hold an office in these bodies.

Earlier, the had accepted major recommendations of the Lodha committee on reforms in the including a bar on ministers and civil servants and those above 70 from becoming its members but left it to Parliament to decide whether it should come under RTI and betting on the game should be legalised.

It had also accepted the recommendations of the panel that there should be a CAG nominee in and one-state-one- vote principle be applied.

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First Published: Mon, April 17 2017. 18:57 IST
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