New Delhi: Problems continue for BCCI president N Srinivasan with the Supreme Court on Friday withholding his election as the board's president, until a verdict is announced in the Jagan Reddy case, even if he wins the polls at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) that the SC has allowed to go ahead as scheduled on Sunday.
Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) secretary Aditya Verma had filed an application in the Supreme Court seeking an interim injunction restraining Srinivasan from attending the board's AGM in Chennai. Verma, in his application, also sought to restrain the BCCI from inducting Srinivasan in any of its committee as a member or allow him to participate in any of the proceedings in any capacity.
The court was adjourned after announcing its decision and the next hearing will now be held on Monday, a day after the BCCI AGM. Before today's setback, Srinivasan had been doing his bit by securing support from the south zone lobby and taking some of the BCCI officials for an outing leading up tot he AGM.
A special CBI court in Hyderabad had taken cognizance of the chargesheets filed by the CBI in the YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy assets case earlier in September, 2013, naming Srinivasan as one of the accused. The court had then issued summons to all, including Srinivasan, to appear before it on November 1. Srinivasan has been accused of taking favours from the previous government of YS Rajashekhara Reddy in return for investments in Jagan's companies.
The 68-year-old India Cements boss had stepped aside voluntarily from the helm of the BCCI in June when his son-in-law and former Chennai Super Kings Team Principal Gurunath Meiyappan was named as a suspect in the IPL6 spot-fixing scandal and later chargesheeted for betting.
Srinivasan, who is also Meiyappan's father-in-law, however distanced himself from Meiyappan, while holding firm to seek one-year extension as BCCI president. "I am not disqualified and neither can you push me out," Srinivasan told reporters after charges were laid against Meiyappan. "If Gurunath is wrong, the law will take its own course," he had said.
Srinivasan had also called a meeting of all the the BCCI units form South Zone since, as part of a rotational system, the southern associations get to choose the president this time round.
With agency inputs