Srinivasan cannot contest BCCI elections: Supreme Court

New Delhi: In a setback to N Srinivasan, the Supreme Court today barred him from contesting any BCCI election on grounds of conflict of interest and set up a judges committee under a former Chief Justice of India to decide on the punishment in the IPL scam that can threaten the future of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR).

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“BCCI has to conduct election within six weeks starting from today onwards and people with conflict of interest, including N Srinivasan, cannot contest elections,” Bihar Cricket Association (BCA) secretary and petitioner in the IPL spot-fixing case Aditya Verma told media persons here.

The apex court pronounced this while striking down BCCI’s rule 6.2.4 which allowed the office bearers of the apex cricket body to have commercial interests in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Champions League Twenty20 and all events organized by the BCCI.

The court’s judgment also said that BCCI is amenable to article 226 and they are not merely a private body.

The Supreme Court today found Raj Kundra and Gurunath Meiyappan guilty of betting in the Indian Premier League spot-fixing case, but cleared N Srinivasan for his alleged cover-ups in the case.

In its 130-page verdict, the apex court, while acknowledging the presence of a clause that allowed Srinivasan to buy a stake in the IPL team Chennai Super Kings (CSK), struck down the amendment that had created a conflict of interest in commercial matters.

The court further stated that while Srinivasan had a deep rooted interest in CSK matches, his behaviour had raised suspicions, but this wasn’t proof, adding that at best, there is only a case of suspicion against him of a cover-up.