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The much-awaited 130-page verdict, delivered by the apex court bench comprising justice TS Thakur and justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla, held that the allegation of betting against Gurunath Meiyappan, a CSK team official and son-in-law of Srinivasan and Rajasthan Royals’ co-owner Raj Kundra stands proved while the charge of cover up against Srinivasan ‘is not proved’.

Giving six weeks’ time to BCCI to hold its annual election, the bench said, “No one who has any commercial interest in the BCCI events (including Mr N Srinivasan) shall be eligible for contesting the elections for any post whatsoever.”

The judgment effectively means Srinivasan, also the ICC chairman, now must choose between BCCI and Chennai Super Kings as the verdict says he can’t contest in the next board elections until he gives up a commercial interest in CSK. Striking down Rule 6.2.4 which permitted BCCI office bearers to have commercial interest by owning teams in the IPL and CLT20, the court said: “Amendment in the BCCI rules allowing Srinivasan to own IPL team is bad as conflict of interest in cricket leads to great confusion.”

However, both the T20 events should be able to go ahead with their 2015 season as planned and both CSK and RR will be part them.  The apex court also appointed a three-member committee of former SC judges headed by former CJI RM Lodha to decide the quantum of punishment that has to be awarded to Meiyappan and Kundra for their involvement in betting during 2013 IPL besides probing the allegation of betting against former BCCI COO Sunder Raman.

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