The Supreme Court has restrained former BCCI and ICC president N Srinivasan and Niranjan Shah from attending the SGM scheduled for July 26. The apex court directed that the cricket board’s SGM shall only be attended by office bearer of State Cricket Associations.
The pair of former BCCI office bearers were singled out by the Committee of Administrators (CoA) in a scathing appraisal of the progress – or lack of – made by the BCCI in implementing the recommendations.
The bench — comprising of Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud — issued notices to Srinivasan and Shah on July 14, seeking their responses.
“How can a person disqualified by virtue of apex court order be nominated as nominee of state cricket associations and attend the meeting of BCCI,” Justice Misra had said.
Misra’s statement is significant because Srinivasan and Shah, despite being disqualified as office bearers on grounds that they are over 70 years old and having exceeded the tenure cap, had attended BCCI meetings as representatives or nominees of their respective state associations – Tamil Nadu and Saurashtra. And according to the CoA’s latest status report, Srinivasan and Shah have prevented other BCCI members from reaching a consensus on implementing the Lodha Committee’s recommendations.
Over the last month, a special committee was formed by the BCCI to shortlist the most significant problems the board had with those recommendations in order to put them before the court for reconsideration.