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SC bars Srinivasan, Niranjan
Monday 24 July 2017

SC bars Srinivasan, Niranjan
CoA had accused Srinivasan and Niranjan Shah of having vested interests in disrupting the BCCI SGM
The Supreme Court on Monday (July 24) has restrained N Srinivasan and Niranjan Shah from attending the BCCI Special General Meeting (SGM), scheduled for July 26, stating that the meeting shall only be attended only by office bearers of the state cricket associations.
"When I talk, CoA says I'm disrupting. If I don't, they have no complaints. I too have the freedom of expression," Srinivasan told the SC during the hearing.
In its fourth status report submitted on July 12, the SC-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) had conveyed to the apex court that the 'disqualified duo' had vested interests in disrupting the BCCI SGM, which was being called to look into the implementation of the Lodha reforms.
"The SGM held on June 26 was manifestly disruptive. Before the meeting, a substantial consensus has been arrived at as a result of mutual deliberations between CoA and various constituents members of BCCI," CoA's report had stated.
"The SGM on June 26 was attended by various persons who are disqualified from being office bearers of BCCI and/or their respective state/member associations including N Srinivasan (represented TNCA) and Niranjan Shah (Saurashtra CA) amongst others. Such disqualified persons have a vested interest in stalling implementation of judgement because if the judgement is implemented, such disqualified person will have to relinquish control over their respective state associations." it added.
Two days after the submission of the report, an SC bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra and comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, issued notices to Srinivasan and Shah seeking their responses to hear them on July 24.
A little over a year since accepting majority of the Lodha reforms, the Supreme Court said that it was ready to reconsider the one-state, one-vote policy, which has received the strongest opposition from within the BCCI.
"One State One Vote policy is not favourable to this country," the SC bench which is monitioring the implementation of Lodha reforms, said.
The first sign of the turnaround from the apex court came 10 days ago in a hearing, when the bench seemingly provided a lifeline for the likes of Railways, Association of India Universities, National Cricket Club and Cricket Club of India to regain their full membership. As per the reforms suggested by the Lodha panel, the aforementioned bodies would been relegated to being associate members and will not hold any7 voting rights. As for states like Maharashtra and Gujarat, full membership and voting rights was to be used on rotation basis.
"Historically, the contribution of Railways in development of cricket and other sports have been significant. Can Railways be relegated to associate member of BCCI? Some kind of formula has to be evolved so that no body or association which had been historically involved in the development of cricket in India are deprived of full membership. One cannot possibly equate small states with these important bodies," the bench had said on July 14.

The Supreme Court has restrained N Srinivasan and Niranjan Shah from attending the BCCI Special General Meeting (SGM), scheduled for July 26, stating that the meeting shall only be attended only by office bearers of the state cricket associations.

"When I talk, CoA says I'm disrupting. If I don't, they have no complaints. I too have the freedom of expression," Srinivasan told the SC during the hearing.

In its fourth status report submitted on July 12, the SC-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) had conveyed to the apex court that the 'disqualified duo' had vested interests in disrupting the BCCI SGM, which was being called to look into the implementation of the Lodha reforms.

"The SGM held on June 26 was manifestly disruptive. Before the meeting, a substantial consensus has been arrived at as a result of mutual deliberations between CoA and various constituents members of BCCI," CoA's report had stated.

"The SGM on June 26 was attended by various persons who are disqualified from being office bearers of BCCI and/or their respective state/member associations including N Srinivasan (represented TNCA) and Niranjan Shah (Saurashtra CA) amongst others. Such disqualified persons have a vested interest in stalling implementation of judgement because if the judgement is implemented, such disqualified person will have to relinquish control over their respective state associations." it added.

Two days after the submission of the report, an SC bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra and comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, issued notices to Srinivasan and Shah seeking their responses to hear them on July 24.

A little over a year since accepting majority of the Lodha reforms, the Supreme Court said that it was ready to reconsider the one-state, one-vote policy, which has received the strongest opposition from within the BCCI.

"One State One Vote policy is not favourable to this country," the SC bench which is monitioring the implementation of Lodha reforms, said.

The first sign of the turnaround from the apex court came 10 days ago in a hearing, when the bench seemingly provided a lifeline for the likes of Railways, Association of India Universities, National Cricket Club and Cricket Club of India to regain their full membership. As per the reforms suggested by the Lodha panel, the aforementioned bodies would been relegated to being associate members and will not hold any7 voting rights. As for states like Maharashtra and Gujarat, full membership and voting rights was to be used on rotation basis.

"Historically, the contribution of Railways in development of cricket and other sports have been significant. Can Railways be relegated to associate member of BCCI? Some kind of formula has to be evolved so that no body or association which had been historically involved in the development of cricket in India are deprived of full membership. One cannot possibly equate small states with these important bodies," the bench had said on July 14.

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