BCCI saga: Supreme Court issues notice to N Srinivasan and Niranjan Shah

Although he has been disqualified from holding office in BCCI N Srinivasan has still been attending the BCCI SGMs as a TNCA nominee

Although he has been disqualified from holding office in BCCI N Srinivasan has still been attending the BCCI SGMs as a TNCA nominee

Their open defiance of the court's directions is a sign they are willing to be in contempt while disrupting the best laid plans of the top court and the Lodha panel to institute reforms in the administration of the cash-rich national game. 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 Supreme Court July 14 dropped contempt proceedings against former Board of Control for Cricket in India President Anurag Thakur as it accepted his apology.

Justice Misra's statement is significant because Srinivasan has in the past tendered "unconditional apology" before the special bench then headed by former CJI TS Thakur.

Senior advocate Parag Tripathi, appearing for CoA, said both Srinivasan and Shah gained back-door entry into the SGM and created chaos and disruption to prevent the SGM from adopting the SC-accepted recommendations of the Justice Lodha panel. The applications moved by the apex court-appointed COA complained that the two veterans, who were disqualified, were present as nominees of Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) and Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA), respectively, at the June 26 Special General Meeting (SGM) of the BCCI. Niranjan Shah, who does not qualify for the 70 years age-limit clause of the reforms, was also a part of the 7-member committee. The court sought the views and suggestions of senior counsel Kapil Sibal and Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta on the names suggested by Subramaniam. "Nobody can take my membership away".

In the status report submitted to the court on July 12, the CoA said disqualified office bearers were "impediments" to the implementation of recommendations.

CEO Rahul Johri operates BCCI's day to day work. It was mentioned in the report that despite Srinivasan being disqualified to become member of BCCI, he attended the meeting.

The verdict sacking Thakur was passed after a long-drawn impasse over the implementation of the reforms recommended in the report by the Lodha committee, which was constituted by the apex court in January 2015 to clean up the BCCI after the 2013 Indian Premier League betting and spot-fixing scandal.

The court also accepted the resignations of Vikram Limaye and Ramachandra Guha, the other CoA members.

The bench, also comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, issued notices to the controversial duo seeking their responses to hear them on July 24, two days before the next BCCI SGM.

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