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Srinivasan can’t assume position till matter is in court, says SC

The Supreme Court on Friday allowed the Indian cricket board to go ahead with its Annual General Meeting (AGM) slated for Sunday in Chennai but with a rider that president Narayanaswami Srinivasan cannot take charge even if he is re-elected for a third term.

The apex court bench headed by Justice AK Patnaik said that in case Srinivasan gets re-elected, he will not take charge till the court decides on a petition by the Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB), which is not recognised by BCCI.

The court directed the matter be listed for Monday.

CAB secretary Aditya Verma on Monday moved the Supreme Court seeking to restrain Srinivasan from getting re-elected as the president of the BCCI on the ground that his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan is facing probe on the allegations of spot fixing and betting.

Verma, in his application, also sought to restrain the BCCI from inducting Srinivasan in any of its committees as a member or allow him to participate in any of the proceedings in any capacity.

The pressure is mounting on Srinivasan not to seek a third year as BCCI chief in view of Meiyappan being charged by Mumbai police in the Indian Premier League (IPL) betting scandal, but he is adamant on seeking re-election.

Meiyappan, who is the principal of IPL side Chennai Super Kings, owned by Srinivasan’s company India Cements, has been named in the 11,500-page charge sheet along with Bollywood actor Vindoo Dara Singh.
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