New Delhi: The Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) on Monday moved a fresh application in the Supreme Court seeking an interim injunction to restrain president N. Srinivasan from contesting the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) elections slated to be held in Chennai on September 29.
[The Telegraph had on Monday itself reported that the BCCI was bracing for more litigation.]
The application moved by CAB secretary Aditya Verma also urged the apex court to pass an interim injunction order to the BCCI restraining it from inducting Srinivasan into any of its committees or sub-committees, until the Supreme Court disposes off the SLP relating to the spot-fixing controversy.
The application prayed: “Issue an order of interim injunction restraining the respondent no. 2 (Srinivasan) from contesting for the post of president of the respondent no. 1 BCCI in the AGM to be held on 29-09-13 at Chennai or any other subsequent date pending disposal of the SLP so that justice may be done.”
Verma said that the matter would be mentioned on Tuesday by senior counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi. He said senior counsel Harish Salve was to mention the matter, but in view of his non-availability, Singhvi would mention the same to obtain the relief.
On September 12, the apex court had refused to entertain the BCCI’s plea for early hearing of its appeal challenging the Bombay High Court’s decision to quash the two-member inquiry panel appointed to probe the IPL spot-fixing row, allegedly involving the Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan and Rajasthan Royals co-founder Raj Kundra.
A bench of Justice A. K. Patnaik and Justice J. S. Khehar told senior counsel A. Sundram, appearing for the BCCI, that the matter cannot be heard for another two weeks as it was pre-occupied with various other matters.
The bench had earlier sought response of the BCCI, Srinivasan, and two others on the CAB’s plea seeking appointment of a fresh court appointed probe panel to investigate the recent spot-fixing row.
The apex court is dealing with an appeal filed by the BCCI challenging the Bombay High Court ruling which had earlier held as “illegal” the constitution of the two ex-judges panel which gave a clean chit to Meyiappan and Kundra.
But the matter though listed on the board has not come up for hearing for the past two days.
The apex court had on August 7 refused to grant interim stay on the High Court verdict, derailing the plan of Srinivasan to return as chief of BCCI.
He had stepped aside from discharging his duties as BCCI president in the light of spot-fixing and betting scandal which allegedly involved his son-in-law Meiyappan.
The High Court order had come on July 30 just two days after the panel submitted its report giving a clean chit to all those against whom the probe was conducted.