The Supreme Court on Friday has allowed N. Srinivasan to attend the Board of Control for Cricket in India Annual General Meeting in Chennai on Sunday and even contest an election, but only just. The 68-year-old Tamil Nadu businessman is seeking to extend his innings as Board chief. His regular two-year term is coming to an end this month.
A two-member Supreme Court bench comprising Justice A.K. Patnaik and Jagdish Singh Khehar on Friday said Srinivasan is free to contest an election but if elected, he will only be allowed to take charge after the court has disposed of a Cricket Association of Bihar application that is seeking to stop Srinivasan from associating himself with the BCCI in any capacity. On Monday, the apex court will once again deliberate on the petition and decide on Srinivasan's future.
The Bihar association, which in August moved the Supreme Court to institute a fresh panel to probe the Indian Premier League spot-fixing and betting scandals, had on Monday filed an application seeking an interim injunction restraining Srinivasan from attending the September 29 meeting. The petition, filed by Aditya Verma on behalf of the Bihar body, claimed that Srinivasan has no "moral authority" to vie for a third year as BCCI chief.