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Aditya will file contempt petition

Aditya Verma

New Delhi: Aditya Verma is not relenting in his ‘crusade’ against Narayanswamy Srinivasan.

On Wednesday, Verma, secretary of the unrecognised Cricket Association of Bihar, said that he will file a contempt petition against Srinivasan, the ‘effectively suspended’ Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president, for attending the ongoing two-day International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting, in Dubai.

“Now that Srinivasan has attended the ICC meeting, I will file a contempt petition before the Supreme Court,” Verma said.

“This is in complete violation of the court order and the Supreme Court would definitely take note of it,” Verma claimed.

On April 6, The Telegraph had reported that Srinivasan, who is also the chairman-designate of the ICC, would attend the apex body’s meeting as a ‘nominee’ of the BCCI.

In a statement, Verma, whose PIL before the apex court regarding spot-fixing and corruption in the IPL led to the removal of Srinivasan from the top post till further court orders, said: “Mr Srinivasan has attended scheduled ICC executive board meeting in Dubai on April 9th/10th as the BCCI ‘representative’ despite being sidelined form the cricket Board’s affair following the honourable Supreme Court’s directive.

“As per the Supreme Court’s order dated 28.03.2014, in SLP (C) No/25027 of 2013, Mr. N. Srinivasan, president of BCCI, had made a written offer to the Supreme Court, through his counsel, that till investigations… are completed, he shall not discharge any of the functions of the president of BCCI.

“The Supreme Court vide its order dated 28.03.2014 further directed that none of the employees of India Cements or its associate companies (except cricket players and commentators) will perform any of the duties assigned to them by the BCCI.

“In view of the aforestated directive of the honourable Supreme Court, N. Srinivasan cannot represent BCCI, being an employee of India Cements and the same is violation of order of the Supreme Court and thus contemptuous in nature.”

The Supreme Court, in its March 28 interim order, had said that former India captain Sunil Gavaskar would be the interim president of the BCCI regarding IPL matters and Board vice-president (South) Shivlal Yadav would be in charge of other matters.

The ICC Board met at the ICC headquarters in Dubai on Wednesday for the second of its scheduled quarterly meetings of 2014. The Board will discuss a range of issues, including reports from the ICC Chief Executives', Audit, Finance and Commercial Affairs, and Governance Committees. The meeting will conclude on Thursday.

It’s to be seen how the Supreme Court reacts to Srinivasan’s attendance at the ICC meeting, once hearing resumes on April 16.