A.C.Mutthiah, former BCCI president, has sued IPL in the Supreme Court. Mutthiah clarified that contrary to a news channel report, his case was not against BCCI.Edited excerpts from the interview:
When did you file the case?
I filed a suit in Madras High Court in September 2008. It is against N.Srinivasan. My conviction is he should not be there, it’s a clear conflict of interest (Srinivasan of India Cements owns the Chennai Superkings and is a BCCI board member).
My suit was dismissed on the grounds that I had no locus standi. I appealed to a bench, but it was dismissed on the same grounds. Then, I went to Supreme Court.
When did you go to the Supreme Court?
In the last week or 10 days.
Is your suit against N. Srinivasan?
It’s on BCCI and N.Srinivasan also.
Has your suit anything to do with current with IPL controversy?
It has nothing to do with IPL. It is about N.Srinivasan’s conflict of interest.
What about that of K.Srikkanth? He is the chairman of selection committee of the national team, but also brand ambassador of Chennai Super Kings?
It is a clear conflict of interest.
Is BCCI registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Act?
Your views on IPL?
IPL has become too big for BCCI. BCCI is the regulator, the controlling body.
Some action has to be taken. BCCI has become a matter of public interest, everything should be transparent.