SC restrains N. Srinivasan, Niranjan Shah from attending BCCI SGM on 26 July
New Delhi: The Supreme court on Monday barred former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president N. Srinivasan and former secretary Niranjan Shah from attending the 26 July special general meeting (SGM) of the cricket body.
A bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra held that the SGM would be attended only by office bearers of state associations.
He added that the purpose of the SGM was for all associations to implement the Lodha panel reforms as far as practical and flag issues which would thereafter be considered for modification of the proposed reforms including the one-state one-vote policy, issues pertaining to membership patters, increasing number of selectors.
The court was hearing an application by the committee of administrators. The administrators had complained to the court that Srinivasan and Shah had attended BCCI’s 26 June SGM despite being disqualified.
Srinivasan had attended the meeting as a nominee of the Tamil Nadu cricket association and Shah of the Saurashtra Cricket Association.
It was observed by the court that the main question for consideration was whether a person who has once been disqualified as an office bearer of the BCCI can serve as a nominee of a state association or not.
Gopal Subramanium, amicus curiae (friend of the court) in the case, said that in the spirit of the judgment of the court, Srinivasan and Shah’s participation in the special meeting was “unlawful and illegal”.
This was opposed by Kapil Sibal, the lawyer representing Srinivasan. Sibal told the court that the Lodha panel does not bar a nominee from attending such meetings.
On 14 July, the court issued notices to Srinivasan and Shah for attending the SGM despite being disqualified.
Both Srinivasan and Shah were disqualified as office bearers of BCCI after they failed to implement the Lodha panel’s recommendations, which were accepted by the apex court.
The matter will be heard next on 18 August.
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