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Another bench to hear case

New Delhi: A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court on Friday refrained from hearing a plea challenging the appointment of N. Srinivasan as ICC chairman after Justice Rohington F. Nariman recused himself.

The bench headed by Chief Justice R. M. Lodha and also comprising Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose, directed that the matter be listed before another bench.

Justice Nariman who was recently elevated to the Supreme Court had earlier represented the BCCI in certain other matters as a counsel, hence recused himself.

The court was to hear Bihar Cricket Association’s fresh application for a direction to Srinivasan to step down as ICC chairman pending completion of the probe by the Mukul Mudgal panel.

According to the application filed by the association’s secretary Aditya Verma, Srinivasan has become all powerful after being nominated as the ICC chief and hence can influence the witnesses in the ongoing probe.

During the brief hearing Senior counsel Nalini Chidambaram brought to the bench’s notice the letter written to the apex court by Sunil Gavaskar and wanted a copy of it. But the court did not pass any order.

The contents of Gavakar’s letter is not known.

A Staff Reporter in Calcutta adds: Gavaskar, meanwhile, said in a statement: “The story about me writing to the Honourable Supreme Court of India complaining about BCCI not having compensated me is totally false and utterly mischievous. I have done no such thing and expect a retraction from whoever came up with this story.”