The Supreme Court on Friday will hear a petition that has called the Board of Control for Cricket in India's decision to defer its annual general meeting by two months as "illegal." The Cricket Association of Bihar, fighting a legal battle with BCCI and its president N. Srinivasan over corruption in the Indian Premier League 2013, has filed an application saying the Board has postponed the AGM by flouting its own constitution.
After a working committee meeting in Chennai on September 26, the BCCI decided to hold the AGM on November 20. According to the BCCI constitution Rule No. 16, "the Annual General Meeting of the Board shall be held every year, but not later than 30th September at such place and time the president may fix." This is the second time in the history of the BCCI that the AGM has been deferred.
Bihar will also move a contempt of court application against Srinivasan, who attended the September 26 BCCI meeting as a representative of Tamil Nadu Cricket Association. In the wake of the IPL scam probe, the Supreme Court had stood down Srinivasan from all activities of the BCCI and appointed former Test player Shivlal Yadav as its caretaker president. (Supreme Court Gives Mudgal Committee 2-Month Extension)
Friday's hearing will be crucial for Srinivasan, who is planning for another stint as BCCI president. Sources say Srinivasan has the support of all East Zone members, whose turn it is to nominate a Board chief this time. ('Tough for BCCI to Hold AGM in Septmeber')
The Supreme Court-appointed probe committee, headed by retired judge Mukul Mudgal, is expected to submit its IPL scam report well before the BCCI AGM scheduled on November 20.