The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday said it is very difficult to accept that there is no conflict of interest in N Srinivasan's role as the BCCI president and owner of IPL franchise Chennai Super kings.
Hearing the IPL spot-fixing case, the apex court also told the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that purity of cricket should be maintained and every person at the helm of affairs must keep himself above all allegations.
The court also observed that the "BCCI are the contractor and head of the contracting party, which vindicates the conflict of interest that arises when you have to decide upon the quantum of penalty against a team."
On the other hand, the BCCI told the SC that it should be permitted to decide on the penalty against CSK and Rajasthan Royals.
In the previous hearing on December 1, the court reacted sharply on the IPL spot-fixing scandal by asking the BCCI to give information with regards to the financial working of the apex body of cricket in the country.
The SC also put the onus on Srinivasan to prove that there was no conflict of interest involving him that came in the way of a probe into the IPL-6 scam and took strong exception to his counsel "repeatedly" naming Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the proceedings.