File photo of N Srinivasan. (Getty Images)
New Delhi: BCCI president N Srinivasan can go ahead and participate in the election for ICC president as the Supreme Court on Thursday declined to entertain a plea by the Cricket Association of Bihar to restrain him from joining the polls.
Declining to pass any order, the apex court bench of Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice C Nagappan said the earlier "order of the court was clear and there was no conflict".
The election of the International Cricket Council (ICC) is scheduled for June 27.
The court was referring to an apex court's earlier order by which it appointed legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar as the interim president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India to look after Indian Premier League 2014 and asked BCCI senior vice president Shiv Lal Yadav to look after other affairs of the board.
The court has divested Srinivasan from functioning as the BCCI president in the wake of the allegation of betting and spot-fixing against several people, including some cricketers and his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan.
On May 22, the apex court declined to entertain Srinivasan's plea for restoration of his power to functions as the chief of the apex cricketing body in India.
Srinivasan sought the modification of the order divesting him from discharging the functions as the BCCI's head. By its March 28 order, the court named Gavaskar as the interim president to look after the IPL 2014 and Yadav to take care of other affairs of the board.
The court by its May 16 order, while appointing Justice Mukul Mudgal to probe the allegations of betting and spot-fixing, said it would hold further hearing on the matter in September and till then Gavaskar and Yadav would continue to exercise the powers of the BCCI president.