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Supreme Court issues notices to N Srinivasan, Niranjan Shah

MUMBAI: The Supreme Court has issued notices to N Srinivasan and Niranjan Shah regarding them attending BCCI meetings. The next hearing is on 24 July and their responses are awaited.

“How can a person disqualified by virtue of the apex court order be nominated as nominee of state cricket associations and attend the meeting of BCCI? If a person is disqualified to be an office bearer, he cannot be nominated by office bearers” a bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra said.

Srinivasan and Shah, who are both over 70 years of age, have attended BCCI meetings from the state associations Tamil Nadu and Saurashtra. The CoA’s latest status report has blamed them for a consensus not being reached among BCCI members on implementing the Lodha Committee’s recommendations.

The apex court, meanwhile, has accepted the unconditional apology of former BCCI president Anurag Thakur and has dropped all contempt and criminal proceedings against him.

Two members of the COA, Ramachandra Guha and Vikram Limaye, have tendered their resignation from the post of administrators of the BCCI. The apex court accepted the resignation and relieved Guha, who has resigned due to personal reasons. It also relieved Limaye, who quit recently after being appointed National Stock Exchange MD, CEO.

Subramanium suggested six names for filling up the post of administrators fallen vacant after these resignations, but the apex court sought suggestions from senior counsels like Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, Kapil Sibal and others appearing for various parties in the matter, in 10 days in a sealed cover, to be considered on 5 September 2017.

The fourth status report said, “The SGM on June 26 was attended by various persons who are disqualified from being office bearers of the BCCI and/or their respective state/member associations including N Srinivasan (represented TNCA) and Niranjan Shah (SCA) among others.

“Such disqualified persons have a vested interest in stalling the implementation of the judgment because if the judgment is implemented, such disqualified persons will have to relinquish control over their respective state associations,” it said.

Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, appearing for the railways and defence services, said that the Lodha panel recommendations have taken away their right to vote, despite being the founder members of the BCCI.

The bench said “if we look into the history, we cannot deny the contribution made by the railways to cricket. If any wrong has been done, then it can be corrected”.

It said the court would hear the arguments on the aspect of recall of order on 5 September, along with the pleas of various state cricket associations praying for issuance of funds from the BCCI for holding matches.

The next BCCI SGM takes place on 26 July to discuss the recommendations. Next week, a tender for the IPL media rights is expected to be floated.