Srinivasan’s rivals may move Supreme Court to end his rule in BCCI

first_imgSidelined BCCI president N. Srinivasan is seeking a second straight term at the helm.The so-called opposition group within the BCCI is ready to throw the last dice. In its effort to stop sidelined president N. Srinivasan from contesting for the top post for a second term the opposition is planning to move the Supreme Court.According to well-placed sources, the opposition, which presently appears nondescript at best, is currently seeking legal opinion on the probability of success of praying that there’s no justifiable reason to postpone BCCI’s annual general meeting.Elections take place at the AGM that, according to the BCCI constitution, should be held by September 30, after a 21-day clear notice. But since now the AGM cannot be called by the deadline as the ruling group has decided to seek a strategic extension, the opposition is planning to move the Supreme Court as the last resort.Election for the office-bearers is held at the AGM. All contesting for the office-bearers’ chairs need a proposer and a seconder each from east zone full members to qualify for election.The Supreme Court in its latest order, dated September 1, declined to give relief to Srinivasan, 69, who is among the 13 people being probed for their role in the 2013 IPL betting-fixing scandal. The Supreme Court recently gave Mukul Mudgal Committee a twomonth extension, and fixed the next hearing on November 10. Srinivasan’s supporters want the AGM to be postponed, clearly to buy time. But officially they claim that interim president Shivlal Yadav cannot sign on the accounts and balance sheet for 2013-14 as only an elected president can do that.advertisementSources said that a final legal opinion on the merits of moving the Supreme Court could come by Friday and if it’s encouraging, the opposition could file a petition by Monday. Besides, they will also have to ensure that the opposition, said to be led by Mumbai cricket chief Sharad Pawar, is confident enough to put up a stiff challenge to the ruling group that currently appears to have the numbers on its side.Besides Mumbai, the others who are staunchly opposed to Srinivasan are Saurashtra, Vidarbha, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and suspended Rajasthan while Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Goa, Baroda, and Gujarat are said to be amongst the fence sitters.”From its September 1 order, it’s clear that the Supreme Court is not keen on giving any relief to Srinivasan right now. But if we move the court it’ll be only on the point that the AGM should be convened as early as possible. This is the only way left for us to stop Srinivasan from contesting,” a source told MAIL TODAY.”We’re looking at a whole lot of things, from all the angles, and talking to like-minded people. We are expecting a final word by Friday and if the opinion is favourable we might move the court probably by Monday,” he explained. “We know time is short and would like to file the case quickly as the court would, going by the rules of natural justice, give the BCCI some time to reply, and that could further suit Srinivasan.”The Supreme Court has specifically shot down the plea of Srinivasan’s lawyers to give him relief as he was needed to sign the Board’s balance sheet.The source charged that the ruling dispensation is not even heeding to court orders. “It has clearly said that the interim president would do all the functions of the BCCI president. But he’s shying away from signing the balance sheet,” he said.While the opposition is planning to move the apex court, Aditya Verma, secretary of the unrecognised Cricket Association of Bihar, on whose PIL the court ordered the probe, has requested Registrar of Societies in Chennai not to give permission to delay the AGM.About 18 BCCI constituent units supporting Srinivasan met on Sunday to pledge support to him. The source, however, claimed that some of them were fence sitters.”Instead of approaching each association individually, we are looking to move the court because if it gives one order in our favour it would make many associations switch sides automatically,” he said, hopefully.qaiser.ali@mailtoday.inlast_img

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