BCCI goofs up N Srinivasan name in Supreme Court plea
BCCI goofed up former president N Srinivasan’s name with some different N Srinivasan. BCCI in a case of mistaken identity has revised its plea relating to N. Srinivasan’s eligibility for attending board meetings as a representative of Tamil Nadu Cricket Associations. The matter is expected to be heard on October 5.
BCCI admitted that they made a factual error in its plea dated September 12, when the Indian cricket governing body moved Supreme saying that the N Srinivasan mentioned as India Cements Trustee was another N Srinivasan and not the former BCCI chief.
BCCI admitting that it had made a legitimate error, said with a different father and different address was not the person against whom the plea was made.
BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur, in a revised application, on September 23, once again sought the apex court’s mandate on whether N. Srinivasan, who owned IPL side Chennai Super Kings and was the managing director of India Cements, could attend the BCCI meeting due to his conflict of issues as identified by the Justice Lodha panel.
The BCCI also wanted the Supreme Court to examine the restrictions on Chennai Super Kings so that it does not become a tool used by Srinivasan to attend BCCI meetings.
Srinivasan, who was barred from attending any BCCI event since the conflict of interest issue, is reportedly seeking to put his candidate as BCCI president. The cricket board now wants to remove certain parts that “inadvertently crept into the prior application”.
The error, Thakur said, was identified after reading the trust work, but it “does not alter the BCCI stand–that of Srinivasan’s conflict of interest–despite his so-called restructuring of the CSK franchise”. The trust shows that trustee N Srinivasan is the son of MS Natesan Iyer, whereas the Srinivasan, who is the managing director of India Cements and former BCCI chief is the son of TS Narayanswami.
“Thus they are not the same individuals and an ex-BCCI president is not a trustee of India Cements Shareholders Trust. However, it was inadvertently pleaded…,” says the new application.
The BCCI in the original application had said the shares came to the trust for onward distribution to non-promoter shareholders. India Cements had informed the BCCI of the composition of the trust saying it comprised three independent directors, which meant it was not the MD.
One of the three was N Srinivasan, the former chartered accountant partner.
The board said the transfer of shares “would also not be genuine” because “the ratio for division of shares is not specified in the deed and it is left to the trustees to decide” and because certain unnamed cricketers, including foreign ones, were likely named beneficiaries of the India Cements Ex-Cricketers Trust.