N Srinivasan seeks SC permission to continue as BCCI President
BCCI President N Srinivasan on tuesday knocked the doors of the Supreme Court for reconsidering its interim order
New Delhi: Beleaguered BCCI President N Srinivasan on tuesday knocked the doors of the Supreme Court for reconsidering its interim order keeping him away from the affairs of the Board and sought its permission to resume his office, the tenure of which is till September this year.
Srinivasan, who narrated the sequences of events that led the apex court to ask him to discontinue functioning as BCCI president, contended that “unfair and unsubstantiated allegations” were made against him by the senior counsel appearing for Bihar Cricket Association.
The Court will hear tomorrow the matter when the plea of BCCI seeking transcripts of audio tapes containing statements of Srinivasan and Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, recorded by the Mudgal Committee which probed allegations of IPL betting and spot fixing, will be taken up.
In an affidavit, he claimed that he never interfered with disciplinary proceedings or criminal investigations against his son-in-lawi Gurunath Meiyappan, who is one of the accused in IPL spot fixing.
Responding to the allegations levelled by the BCA and adverse remarks made by the apex court, Srinivasan, who is the Chairman of the India Cements, the owner of Chennai Super Kings, said he never made any offer to step aside as the Board President and a proposal in this regard was given by the BCCI on March 27.
Further, he countered the charge of suspended IPS officer G Sampath Kumar, who initially probed the betting and spot fixing, of influencing the investigation.
He also said the report of the Justice Mukul Mudgal Committee concluded that his statement that Meiyappan was a “mere cricket enthusiast” was incorrect and he (Meiyappan) was the “public face” of CSK.
“In these circumstances, I would respectfully submit that there is absolutely no reason why I should not be permitted to resume my office as elected President of BCCI unless and until this court conclusively finds material suggesting that I had interfered with investigations by CB-CID and/or compromised the tenure of Sampath Kumar in service.
“I have never interfered with any part of the disciplinary proceedings or the criminal investigation into my son-in-law and I unconditionally undertake that I will continue to do so in the event this court directs any such proceedings,” Srinivasan said in the affidavit.