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BCCI ‘welcomes’ court verdict

BCCI ‘welcomes’ court verdict
The BCCI on Thursday ‘welcomed’ the order of the Supreme Court related to the IPL spot-fixing case and said that they will hold the AGM in accordance with the directions and timelines as stipulated by the apex court. “The BCCI welcomes the order of the Honorable Supreme Court, which has put to rest the uncertainty, that has prevailed in the recent past. The BCCI will extend its unstinted cooperation to the three-member committee appointed by the Honorable Supreme Court,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said in a statement.

“The Annual General Body meeting of the BCCI which also includes the election of the office bearers will be held in accordance with the directions and timelines as stipulated by the Honorable Supreme Court,” he added in the brief statement.

In its order, the Supreme Court barred BCCI’s sidelined president N Srinivasan from contesting any board election on grounds of conflict of interest and set up a judges committee under a former chief justice of India to decide on the punishment in the IPL scam that can threaten the future of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR).

Striking down rules that permitted BCCI office bearers to have a commercial interest by owning teams in the hugely-popular Indian Premier League and Champions League, a two-member bench of Justices T S Thakur and F M I Khalifulla, said, “Amendment in the BCCI rules allowing Srinivasan to own IPL team is bad as conflict of interest in cricket leads to great confusion. No one who has commercial interest including N Srinivasan shall be eligible for any post in the BCCI and this disqualification on ground of commercial interest shall continue till such commercial interest will exist.”

SC verdict will impact all sports bodies: Mudgal

Welcoming the Supreme Court verdict barring N Srinivasan from contesting any BCCI election on grounds of conflict of interest, head of IPL-6 spot-fixing and betting probe committee Justice Mukul Mudgal said it will have far reaching ramifications as it will also impact on all sports bodies. “The judgment is a major advancement in public law. Being the SC verdict, it affects all sports bodies in the country. Conflict of interest arises not only in sports but also in all public bodies. Justices T S Thakur and F M I Kalifulla who have given the verdict deserve compliments from the entire legal and sports fraternity. It will lead to more accountability. An apex court judgment is binding on the entire country. We have to accept it,” Mudgalsaid.

“It advances public law, administration of sports body and its fairness and also establishes the principle of conflict of interest which is present in every facet of life and this judgment will have far reaching consequences and ramifications,” Mudgal added.

He also said the probe committee led by him had also found the allegation of betting against Meiyappan and Kundra to be proved. “Our findings also said the same. The Supreme Court found that on its own. In that sense it was satisfactory that the SC had accepted our report,” he said.

Delivering its long-awaited verdict, the court today held that the allegation of betting against Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra stands proved while the charge of cover up against Srinivasan “is not proved”. The SC also set up a judges committee under a former Chief Justice of India to decide on the punishment in the IPL scam.

Srinivisan keeps mum after court verdict

Sidelined BCCI president N Srinivasan refused to comment following the Supreme Court’s decision on Thursday to bar him from contesting the election for the Indian cricket board’s governing body presidency due to ‘conflict of interest’. The apex court pointed out that as Srinivasan is the managing director of India Cements Pvt Ltd, the company which owns Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK), and also a top official in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), there was a conflict of interest. When contacted by IANS, Srinivasan said: “I am not talking now.” The apex court order came as it struck down an amendment to the BCCI rules which permitted the office bearers of the apex cricket body to have commercial interests in IPL and the Champions League Twenty20 and all events organised by BCCI. The court also asked Srinivasan to stay away from BCCI on account of his commercial interest in CSK.
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