New Delhi: Unfazed by a Bombay High Court order which declared BCCI probe into the IPL spot-fixing scandal "illegal", a defiant N Srinivasan will chair the working committee here on Friday, signalling his formal return to the top post despite the furore.
The crucial meeting will mark Srinivasan's return to the president's post after nearly two months since he stepped aside pending an internal inquiry into the spot-fixing scandal which rocked the sixth edition of the IPL.
BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel made it clear that Srinivasan will chair the meeting as he has resumed his duty as the president, putting an end to the suspense over who will chair the conclave which will discuss all the legal implications of the High Court order and chalk out a future course of action.
"He (Srinivasan) is the BCCI chief and he has already started working. There is no confusion as to who will chair tomorrow's working committee meeting. Nobody till now has forced Mr Srinivasan to resign," Patel said.
Srinivasan refused to talk to the media on his arrival here, telling reporters at the airport to allow him to go.
"Will you allow me to go to my car... I am entitled to go, allow me to go. I just got hit by this camera. You cannot hit me like this with the camera. It's not ok with me ", Srinivasan said before getting into his car.
An internal probe by two retired judges had cleared president-in-exile Srinivasan's franchise Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals owner Raj Kundra of charges of betting and spot-fixing.
Hearing a Public Interest Litigation filed by the Cricket Association of Bihar, a two-judge division bench declared the two-member BCCI probe panel "unconstitutional and illegal", taking the Board completely by surprise.
According to a BCCI source, the Working Committee will take a decision on whether to immediately appeal against the verdict in the Supreme Court or wait till the police completes its probe in the matter. It can also explore the option of forming a new probe panel to reinvestigate the scandal.