De­fi­ant Srini says he will at­tend Work­ing Com­mit­tee meet­ing

The Political and Business Daily - - RECREATION - KUSHAN SARKAR

A de­fi­ant BCCI Pres­i­dent N Srini­vasan to­day made it clear that he will at­tend the BCCI's Work­ing Com­mit­tee meet­ing here on Au­gust 2 de­spite the Bom­bay High Court rul­ing that the con­sti­tu­tion of the probe panel which gave his team Chen­nai Su­perk­ings a clean chit was "il­le­gal and un­con­sti­tu­tional."

"Yes, I will be at­tend­ing the BCCI work­ing Com­mit­tee meet­ing in New Delhi on Au­gust 2," Srini­vasan told PTI over phone to­day.

When specif­i­cally asked in which ca­pac­ity he will be at­tend­ing the meet­ing, Srini­vasan gave a terse re­ply, "Come there and see for your­self as to what ca­pac­ity I will be at­tend­ing the meet­ing!"

Tamil Nadu Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion (TNCA) is a per­ma­nent mem­ber of the BCCI Work­ing Com­mit­tee and Srini­vasan might as well at­tend the meet­ing by virtue of be­ing the pres­i­dent of the state as­so­ci­a­tion.

Nor­mally, Srini­vasan con­fi­dant and for­mer In­dia Ce­ments em­ployee Kashi Viswanathan rep­re­sents TNCA at such meet­ings.

Srini­vasan also took an ag­gres­sive stance when asked about the rul­ing of the Bom­bay High Court on the probe panel which was formed to in­quire into the IPL spot­fix­ing scan­dal.

"I don't know why you peo­ple are mak­ing a big is­sue. A writ was filed and the court has given its ver­dict. The mat­ter fin­ishes there. I have no fur­ther com­ments to make on this is­sue," he said.

Srini­vasan had stepped aside from dis­charg­ing his func­tions as BCCI pres­i­dent af­ter the for­ma­tion of two-mem­ber probe panel com­pris­ing of Retd Jus­tice T Ja­yaram Chouta and R Bala­sub­ra­ma­nian to look into the al­le­ga­tions of bet­ting and spot-fix­ing against his son-in­law Gu­runath Meiyap­pan.

Last Sun­day, the probe panel cleared Srini­vasan, his son-in-law Meiyap­pan, Ra­jasthan Royals coowner Raj Kun­dra of any wrong­do­ing dur­ing the sixth edi­tion of IPL.

Ac­cord­ing to a BCCI source, the Work­ing Com­mit­tee on Au­gust 2 will take a de­ci­sion on whether to im­me­di­ately ap­peal against the ver­dict in the Supreme Court or wait till the po­lice au­thor­i­ties com­plete their probe in the mat­ter.

"We have suc­ceeded and the court has ac­cepted our con­tentions. It is now upto the BCCI to see what is to be done next," ad­vo­cate Amit Naik, who ap­peared along with se­nior coun­sels Viren­dra Tulza­purkar and Biren­dra Saraf for the pe­ti­tioner, said.

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