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Cricket

Srinivasan faces contempt of court for attending BCCI meeting
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, September 03, 2013
First Published: 01:13 IST(3/9/2013)
Last Updated: 11:50 IST(3/9/2013)

BCCI president N Srinivasan is likely to get entangled in yet another legal battle as Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) secretary Aditya Verma plans to file an application in the Supreme Court charging him with contempt of court.

Verma, who had filed the public interest litigation against BCCI in the Bombay high court, claimed that Srinivasan has contradicted his own affidavit filed in the court by attending the working committee meeting in Kolkata on Sunday.

“He filed the affidavit in the Bombay high court in reply to notice issued to him after I filed a PIL challenging the constitution of the BCCI probe commission. According to the affidavit, he cannot be a part of BCCI’s functioning until the probe against Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra is over.

The high court has already held the probe commission illegal, and the matter is sub-judice in the Supreme Court, so how can he attend the meeting,” Verma told HT.

Srinivasan had stepped aside as the board chief in June following his son-in-law Meiyappan’s arrest in connection with the spot-fixing and betting investigations during the sixth edition of the Indian domestic T20 league.

A two-member committee comprising retired high court judges T Jayaram Chouta and R Balasubramanian was constituted to probe the issue, which found no evidence of wrongdoing against Meiyappan and Kundra, the Rajasthan Royals co-owner.

Verma challenged the legality of the commission in the Bombay high court, which held it ‘illegal and unconstitutional’.

The BCCI moved the Supreme Court challenging the Bombay High Court decision. While the matter is slated to come up for hearing before the apex court on September 11, Verma is set to file the fresh application this week.


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