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Show us you are not in conflict of interest, SC tell Srinivasan

Show us you are not in conflict of interest, SC tell Srinivasan
Srinivasan, besides being the president of BCCI, is also a member of the Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council and the vice-chairman and managing director of India Cement Limited.

“There is either conflict of interest or there is no conflict of interest. There is no third thing. Show us that there is no conflict of interest,” the apex court bench of justice TS Thakur and justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla told senior counsel Kapil Sibal who appeared for Srinivasan.

“That we will examine,” justice Kalifulla told Sibal as he sought to impress upon the court that the question of conflict of interest was not there and was not gone into by the Bombay High Court, the two-judge judicial committee appointed by the BCCI, and even the apex court-appointed Mudgal Committee which tendered its two reports in February and November 2014. “The question of conflict of interest being there or not, whether the matter was addressed by the high court or not is no consequence,” court told Sibal.

SC made it clear it would go into the matter raised by the petitioner Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB), which has sought that Srinivasan stays away from contesting the election for the BCCI president and that IPL franchise CSK, owned by the India Cement Ltd, be disqualified from the IPL.

Why should I ask Dhoni to resign: Srinivasan

Refusing to talk about MS Dhoni’s role in his company India Cements, BCCI’s president-in-exile N Srinivasan on Monday made it clear the Indian captain would not be asked to resign despite questions about conflict of interest being raised against him. Srinivasan, who is also the ICC Chairman, declined comments on the IPL spot-fixing scandal, which is being heard in the Supreme Court right now after justice Mudgal Committee submitted its investigative report on the matter. “The matter is in the court. I cannot speak on this,” Srinivasan told reporters on the sidelines of an ICC function here. The Tamil Nadu strongman was even more curt when it came to answering questions on Dhoni. “Why should I ask him to resign?” Srinivasan said. Asked what was Dhoni’s role in India Cements Limited, Srinivasan was once again curtly said, “Why should I tell you.”

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