Calcutta: Lawyers argue/ plead respecting the brief given to them, so it’s assumed that Narayanswamy Srinivasan’s men in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) made counsel Chetpet Aryama Sundaram push for the probe panel’s report to be submitted in three months.
But why this desperation?
Because Srinivasan, currently suspended as the BCCI president, actually intends seeking another term and his men want the decks to be cleared well before the AGM, usually held in the latter half of September.
Srinivasan and his men are probably convinced that nothing can come in the way of term No.2.
Justices Ananga Kumar Patnaik and Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla are expected to issue their order on/before May 9 and even if the probe begins almost immediately, it could get to a situation of touch and go for the man with unlimited ambition.
The Supreme Court’s last sitting before the summer vacation, incidentally, is on May 9.
Providing continuity, the probe is expected to be conducted by Justice (retd) Mukul Mudgal and his panel.
The panel, if given the responsibility, will require four months to do its job.
That’s not good news for the BCCI. Or, rather, Srinivasan.
The terms of reference are awaited, but the 13 names listed in a sealed cover given to the Supreme Court by the Justice Mudgal panel, at the end of its first probe, should be the focus.
Srinivasan’s the 13th name. But...
South’s turn gets over with the end of Srinivasan’s three-year reign, but the BCCI’s constitution has been amended enabling him (in the immediate context) to offer himself as a candidate once again.
There’s a rider: Srinivasan will have to be proposed and seconded by affiliates from East, whose turn it would be.
Right now, that’s not an issue for Srinivasan as four affiliates — Assam, Jharkhand, Odisha and Tripura — are solidly behind him.
“There was a reason behind giving those four the status of special invitees at the last working committee meeting... That being Srinivasan has two proposers and as many seconders in his pocket from East,” a well-placed source told The Telegraph.
Isolated are Bengal and the National Cricket Club, controlled by Jagmohan Dalmiya.
Gone are the days when Dalmiya had everybody from East at his beck and call.
Meanwhile, petitioner Aditya Verma, the Cricket Association of Bihar secretary, is pleased with the way the ball is rolling.
“I hope justice would eventually be done,” the Patna-based Verma, who has gone after Srinivasan with a vengeance, said.