New Delhi, Apr 16: Coming down heavily on the former BCCI chief N Srinivasan, the Supreme Court on Wednesday said Srinivasan has not taken the allegations against him seriously.
The apex court said any probe into allegations made by Mudgal committee against 13 people including N Srinivasan should be done by BCCI itself to maintain its institutional autonomy.
SC also allowed Sundar Raman to continue as Chief Operating Officer of IPL 7 as recommended by interim president Sunil Gavaskar. The court asked the BCCI and Srinivasan to respond on how the probe be conducted into the allegations.
The court said we cannot close our eyes after having come to know about the allegations. The court also agreed to hear BCCI’s plea seeking tapes of audio recording of interactions of Mudgal committee with M S Dhoni and Srinivasan.
N. Srinivasan had sidestepped as the BCCI head, making room for the appointment of legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar as the Indian cricketing body’s interim president tasked with the conduct of the IPL-7, moved the apex court seeking his restoration.
Srinivasan has contested the appointment of Gavaskar as interim president, saying that there was nothing in the Board for Control of Cricket in India’s (BCCI) rules that envisages such a position.
Seeking the reconsideration of apex court’s March 28 order, Srinivasan, in his application had said: “I wish to resume my elected office. My term ends with September 2014 and I should be allowed to complete my tenure.”
Under a cloud over allegations of betting by his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan and other allegations of conflict of interest, in his application, Srinivasan said: “Memorandum of Rules and Regulations of the BCCI do not contemplate an interim president.”
Srinivasan said he had offered to “side step from my position as BCCI president, till an independent investigation was completed” but “now the circumstances are quite different. In that it clearly appears to me that the only unsubstantiated allegations made by G Sampath Kumar (police officer of Tamil Nadu) …contributed to the severe comment made by this court” March 25.
“Hence I wish to assume office as president, BCCI as there is no reason at all why I should step aside, pending any investigation into any crime being investigated by CB-CID (Crime Branch-CID) or other agency.”
Srinivasan, in his application, said that even though March 28 order passed by the apex court bench of Justice A.K. Patnaik and Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla had said that its interim order was restricted to BCCI activities only but the “vested interests behind the petitioner (Cricket Association of Bihar) have charged me with violating this court’s order by attending the ICC meetings in Dubai last week”.
Srinivasan also said that Justice (retd.) Mukul Mudgal Committee report quoting him as saying that Meiyappan was a “mere cricket enthusiast” was incorrect as he was the public face of the Chennai Super Kings.
He said that the Mudgal Committee went beyond the scope of the its terms of reference and persons “inimical” to him like A.C. Muthiah and I.D.Bindra interacted with the Committee.