While the Supreme Court on 10th of December 2014, has asked BCCI to postpone the election till 31st January, as the hearing in the case of N Srinivasan has not yet been completed, Mr. N. Srinivasan is trying hard to safeguard his prestige. Mr. Kapil Sibal, the lawyer of Mr. Srinivasan, has given assurance to the court that in case Mr. Srivasan gets elected as the President of the BCCI, he will refrain himself from participating in matters related to IPL in any way.
Mr. Sibal said: “Mr. N. Srinivasan, further undertakes that if he is elected as president of BCCI, till the (proposed) committee suggests the procedure to deal with the issue of conflict of interest, he will not attend any IPL governing council meeting or any other IPL related discussion in ant meeting of working committee or general body meeting of the BCCI.”
This was communicated through a note to the court on the scope of reference of the committee to be appointed by the apex court or the BCCI into the question of conflict of interest. The note said the committee could suggest “the sanctions to be imposed, in accordance with the applicable IPL rules on person prima facie found to be involved in the act of backing by the Mudgal Committee.”
The committee may also determine and define the liability of the franchisees for the act of backing by their “team officials and to suggest the consequential sanctions that can be imposed on them in accordance with the IPL rules.” The note also envisages that another term of reference for the proposed committee would be to “consider and suggest a mechanism to identify the potential conflict of interest in the BCCI and to suggest the procedure to be adopted for dealing with situations of potential conflict of interest.”.
Sibal said this during the hearing on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) by Cricket Association of Bihar which has sought to oust Srinivasan as BCCI president and cancellation of IPL franchisee CSK on the ground of his being in the conflict of interest situation being the president of the cricketing body, and also the alleged involvement of Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan’s in betting.