Supreme Court Rules that Srinivasan Cannot Take Charge of BCCI

The Board of Control for Cricket in India may not take charge of the BCCI. The ruling came down from the Supreme Court that the BCCI may continue with its plans to hold its Annual General Meeting in Chennai on Sunday, however, this may be done only with the proviso that president of the BCCI, Narayanaswami Srinivasan cannot fulfill the role of president even if he is elected for a third time.

Srinivasan has stepped down from active leadership temporarily since his son-in-law was accused of being involved in the IPL 6 spot fixing scandal. Since a short time before his son-in-law, Gurunath Meiyappan, was charged on a number of counts, Srinivasan has distanced himself from his daughter’s husband.

While it is possible for Srinivasan to be re-elected to the position of president of the BCCI, the Supreme Court Judge, Justice A.K. Patnaik explained that even if he is re-elected, he may not take charge until the court decides he may do so. The court is yet to make a decision regarding the Cricket Association of Bihar’s petition that has been filed.

The petition from the Cricket Association of Bihar requested that the court does not allows Srinivasan to be re-elected to the position as president of the BCCI while his son-in-law is under suspicion. At this time, the charge sheet accuses Gurunath of cheating, forgery, conspiracy, and gambling, with no mention of spot fixing in the IPL 2013. There have been 22 people charges with similar offenses.

The petition, on behalf of the Cricket Association of Bihar, was filed with the court by Aditya Verma. The petition not only asked the court to stop Srinivasan from being re-elected, but also wanted to keep Srinivasan away from any of the committees, or any official capacity at the BCCI.