N. Srinivasan to Remain in Exile After Court Refuses to Hear Plea to Reinstate Him as BCCI Boss

Supreme Court tells N. Srinivasan it can't modify an order passed by another Bench.

Updated: May 22, 2014 12:04 IST
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The Supreme Court, on Thursday, has declined to hear N. Srinivasan's plea to reinstate him as Board of Control for Cricket in India president. The court told Srinivasan's lawyer to approach the same bench that passed the orders to remove him as Board chief and appoint Sunil Gavaskar and Shivlal Yadav as interim heads to run BCCI affairs.

Srinivasan had filed an application on Wednesday urging the Supreme Court to reinstate him as Board chief. He wanted to run non-Indian Premier League matters, since the court had on May 16 appointed a team under former judge Justice Mukul Mudgal to probe the 2013 IPL match-fixing scandal. (Also read: Srinivasan secretly met CSK, IPL officials in Ranchi)

On Thursday, the Supreme Court Bench headed by Justice BS Chauhan told Srinivasan's lawyer, "Go to the same Bench which made you to step aside as BCCI chief. It is not for us to modify orders passed by another Bench. The Bench which passed the order is very much available. So go and mention." A two-judge Bench consisting of Justice AK Patnaik had passed an order on March 28 to remove Srinivasan as BCCI president till investigations into the IPL fixing and betting scam was over.

Srinivasan is among 13 names mentioned in a confidential inquiry report against whom there are allegations of wrongdoings in the IPL. Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, who was a Chennai Super Kings official, has already been indicted by a probe committee that was headed by Justice Mudgal.

On Wednesday, Srinivasan had filed an application saying his removal was "unceremonious" and the court order was "too drastic a step and is extremely harsh." He wanted to be reinstated till September end when his term as BCCI president would expire. Srinivasan, as a BCCI representative, is also in line to become the first chairman of a new-look International Cricket Council.

In his application, Srinivasan said, "none of the players against whom any wrong-doing is alleged have been restrained from participating in the IPL- 2014 and it is only the applicant (Srinivasan) who is having to face the stigma of restriction from functioning as the president of BCCI despite the probe-panel itself submitting before this Hon'ble Court that the allegations against the applicant were unestablished."

Justice Mudgal has till August-end to submit his report on the 13 names, reportedly including several top players like Indian skipper MS Dhoni, who are under the scanner. The Justice Patnaik-led Bench has scheduled its next hearing in September. Justice Patnaik is, of course, retiring in June.

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