A Supreme Court observation on Thursday left Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary N. Srinivasan in an uncomfortable position.
The crux of the ruling was that Srinivasan should choose between being a BCCI office-bearer or the owner of an IPL team, since there was a conflict of interest. (Srinivasan owns the Chennai Super Kings.)
Ironically, one of the charges against ousted IPL chairman Lalit Modi is that of disregarding conflict of interest and favouring friends and family while awarding IPL-related contracts.
“Our nagging question is: can you continue in dual capacity? We are proceeding on the footing that you had a bar on dual status before your blanket amendment was brought,” the court said. “We want to know what grave prejudice will be caused to you if we pass an order that you can either continue as IPL team owner or contest the BCCI election.”
The poll referred to is the September 29 Board polls, in which Srinivasan is expected to be appointed president unopposed. The amendment mentioned is the one made by the BCCI, by which IPL T20 matches were excluded from a clause in the BCCI constitution that barred its members from benefitting “directly or indirectly” from the staging of matches.
Since the matter was sub-judice, Srinivasan declined to comment.