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HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times
Mumbai/Kolkata, August 01, 2013
Despite the Mumbai high court striking down the BCCI probe panel on T20 spot-fixing and betting charges as 'illegal' it has emerged that N Srinivasan is set to officially return as the cricket Board president at its working committee meeting in Delhi on August 2.

Hindustan Times has learnt that Srinivasan has already assumed the responsibilities of the president of BCCI from which he had stepped aside after his son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings official, Gurunath Meiyappan, was arrested by the Mumbai police for alleged betting and dealing with bookies.

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In the dark
Jagmohan Dalmiya, who had handled the working of the Board till the last working committee meeting on Sunday, has been out of the loop since then. "I'm totally in dark about what's happening in the Board. I've not been communicated anything. I'm just hearing all these in news reports," Dalmiya said on Wednesday. "Perhaps I'll find out after going there (on August 2) for the working committee meeting in Delhi," he added.

Apparently, Srinivasan was given the all clear after hectic parleys between the top Board officials and his legal advisors who studied the high court ruling on Wednesday.

Their argument is that the court's order only says the probe panel is illegal and doesn't bar Srinivasan from resuming as BCCI chief, hence they don't need to wait till they successfully challenge the order in the Supreme Court.  

Vital backing
It is understood that Board heavyweights are also okay with Srinivasan taking over the reins. According to the former Indian T20 League chairman, Lalit Modi, it has vice-president Arun Jaitley's nod too. "Amazing advise been given by Arun Jaitley. Let us ignore Mumbai high court judgement. Not binding on us BCCI," Modi tweeted.

However, another legal eagle Ushanath Banerjee, who was BCCI's legal adviser from 1989 to 2005, observed that as per the court order, Srinivasan can't be reinstated.

"The decision taken at the Chennai working committee was clear that Srinivasan shall not step in until the probe committee report is done. After the court ruled the Board-appointed panel as illegal, until a new probe panel is formed and it delivers its findings, the Board will be violating its own rules. The current probe finding cannot be interpreted. The probe's finding was the core issue to reinstate Srinivasan and it remains as it is," Banerjee told HT.