IPL fixing: SC pushes BCCI further on the defensive

  • Bhadra Sinha, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 09, 2014 11:47 IST

The Supreme Court on Monday put several uncomfortable questions to N Srinivasan on his bid to contest the BCCI elections at a time when he and some cricket administrators are facing a probe.

A bench of Justices TS Thakur and FMI Kalifullah told senior counsel Kapil Sibal that his client, Srinivasan’s conduct ought to be above suspicion. “There is should be no room for anybody to point an accusing finger at the BCCI for bias,” the bench told the former Union Law Minister, asking him whether it would proper for the suspended President and his team to “capture the board elections.”

The bench said the question before it was not just of actual bias but even the likelihood of bias. “If an official of a team (Meiyappan) has been indicted will not the team be disqualified?” the bench asked Sibal when he said there would be no conflict of interest in a situation when a sugar factory owner becomes the Agriculture minister.

He insisted conflict of interest allegation was not a ground to disqualify a person to hold a post as several persons may hold private interests.

At this the court said: “What about a situation where you are the president of the BCCI with a power to disenfranchise a team which is your duty. But you have an interest because you have a team.”

Sibal argued there was nothing in the statute or any law in the country that the present office bearers cannot be allowed to contest because of the betting allegations against Meiyappan.

The court appeared unconvinced as it once again inquired from Sibal on the business relationship between BCCI and CSK. “You (Srinivasan) have entered into a contract with BCCI. In its sphere of business activities it allows you to enter into a business and say subject to your paying Rs 400 cr you are given the franchise of a team,” the bench said.

"Once you became a team owner your duty as a BCCI president and team owner seems to be pulling you in different directions.”

City court slams Delhi Police

New Delhi: A city court slammed Delhi police for “not doing anything… for the last six months” in the IPL spot-fixing case where suspended cricketers S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila, Ankeet Chavan and others, including Dawood Ibrahim, are accused. The court’s ire was drawn by the cops’ request to adjourn the matter, which had been listed for arguments on framing of charges. “From the last six months, this ‘tamasha’ (drama) is going on. Police are not doing anything in this case,” said Additional Sessions Judge Neena Bansal Krishna. HTC

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