The Supreme Court on Thursday declined to reinstate BCCI President in abeyance N Srinivasan and pulled him up for seeking a modification of the previous order passed in the IPL corruption case.
A vacation bench of Justices B S Chauhan and A K Sikri questioned why Srinivasan was asking for a modification now and did not argue against it when the order stripping him of the powers was being passed.
“Vacation bench is not sitting to modify orders passed by other judges. What will be more embarrassing for the vacation bench to modify other judges’ orders,” observed the court. The bench pointed out that the judges who had passed the restraint order were still there and if he BCCI and Srinivasan wanted a modification, they must approach them and request for a hearing.
Srinivasan had sought modification of the order passed by a bench of Justices A K Patnaik and FMI Kalifulla. The court had directed Srinivasan to keep away from the affairs of the BCCI till a full fledged probe into the IPL corruption case was over. This bench had brought the Mudgal panel back to investigate the role of Srinivasan and 12 players against whom serious charges had been indicated in the previous report of the panel. The bench had asked Sunil Gavaskar to function as BCCI chief for all IPL-related matters and Shivlal Yadav for other matters.
Srinivasan has however moved the court saying he wanted to be reinstated as BCCI head for all non-IPL related matters. Srinivasan said he was facing “stigma” because of the court order and that it would adversely impact his future career prospects. He also maintained that the hearing in SC will happen in September now and his term as BCCI chief would get over during the pendency of the case in the court.