Kolkata: Putting to rest days of speculation, BCCI President N Srinivasan, who was forced to step aside in the wake of the IPL spot-fixing scandal, on Sunday arrived to attend the Board's Working Committee meeting here.
Srinivasan, who is based in Chennai, was originally scheduled to arrive here last evening but came this morning and went straight to the hotel where the meeting will take place this afternoon. Srinivasan will attend the meeting as President of Tamil Nadu Cricket Association. 24 members of the Working committee will attend the meeting.
The Supreme Court might have refused to grant him relief but a defiant Srinivasan is expected to attempt a comeback as BCCI President after being forced to step aside, when the Board officials gather for the final Working Committee meeting before next month's AGM, here on Sunday. (Read: N Srinivasan's call whether he wants to attend Working Committee meet or not: Sanjay Patel)
Srinivasan was dealt a major setback when the Supreme Court deferred the hearing on his petition, challenging the Bombay High Court's order which declared the BCCI probe panel to investigate the spot-fixing scandal as "illegal and unconstitutional". (Related read: Supreme Court slaps notices to BCCI, Srinivasan, Chennai and Rajasthan on IPL spot-fixing probe issue)
The hearing will now be conducted on September 11 and notices have been sent to Srinivasan and the BCCI on the matter. (Also read - Supreme Court to BCCI: Why shouldn't a fresh panel probe IPL spot-fixing scam?)
"I've no idea about it. Please don't ask me anything about the meeting, these are tricky and sensitive issues. You'll come to know after the meeting tomorrow," BCCI's interim chief Jagmohan Dalmiya had said on Saturday.
Dalmiya, however, added that the announcement of the AGM's date would be a key issue for discussion in today's meeting.
There was more bad news for Srinivasan and the Board as the apex court admitted a Cricket Association of Bihar petition seeking a fresh panel to enquire the IPL spot-fixing scandal, in which the BCCI chief's son-in-law was also implicated.
With no headway in sight, it remains to be seen whether the AGM would be held before September 30.
"It's a big setback for Srinivasan as the Supreme Court has issued notice in the name of Srinivasan and others," a Board official said.
The fact that only the President has the authority to sign the Board's papers -- with no provision for an interim head in the BCCI constitution -- makes it necessary for Srinivasan's participation in the meeting.
Srinivasan, in fact, would have returned to the helm in the last working committee itself on August 2. But the meeting was cancelled due to a technical anomaly -- the word emergent was not mentioned in the circular sent to its members -- as Dalmiya continued to remain in-charge for a second time.
Among other issues to be discussed at today's meeting is the Board's annual report and balance sheet which would be tabled.
Discussions to distribute the surplus of Rs 350 crore earned in the previous fiscal may also take place. The issue of a controversial land deal of the National Cricket Academy is also likely to come up for discussion.
The NCA had sought to acquire about 50 acre of land near Nandi Hills through the Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB).
The BCCI had paid close to RS 50 crore for the acquisition but following a number of PILs, the Karnataka High Court in June declared the deal illegal.
There was a fresh twist to the matter after former Services pacer Ajay Jha, who served as Chief Administrative Officer at the NCA, died this week following a heart attack.
The retired Indian Air Force officer was removed from the NCA following allegations of his involvement in the Rs 50 crore deal.