Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a plea of Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) seeking to restrain N Srinivasan from contesting election for ICC President`s post.
The apex court rejected the plea for the second time in two weeks. The news has certainly come out as big relief for Srinivasan who is now all set to be elected as the first chairman of the new-look International Cricket Council (ICC).
The defunct CAB Secretary Aditya Verma had called on the Asian Cricket Council to bar N Srinivasan from heading the body, saying allowing him to do so would be in violation of a Supreme Court order.
"...as on date Mr Srinivasan is debarred from functioning as the President of BCCI. If Mr Srinivasan is precluded from functioning as the President of BCCI because a probe panel has been constituted by the Hon`ble Supreme Court into the serious allegations made by the probe panel against him, the ACC cannot allow N Srinivsan as President of ACC," Verma said in a statement.
"Any such permission will sully the image of ACC and will bring disrepute to ACC and the BCCI would be made a laughing stock... if a person is not fit to hold the post of President of the BCCI then the said person should be unfit to hold office of ACC President," he added.
Srinivasan has been forced to step aside as BCCI president on the directions of the Supreme Court in the wake of the ongoing probe into the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal.
Back in May, the defunct CAB secretary and face of the anti-Srinivasan camp Aditya Verma had written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to help young cricketers of his state and take action against the BCCI`s president in-exile.
In his letter, Verma had requested Modi to intervene by constituting an Ad-Hoc body to run cricket in the state and alleged that the neighbouring Jharkhand "fraudulently snatched recognition from Bihar".
Verma, in his letter urged, Modi to come forward to take initiative for a corruption-free BCCI.
Back in February, a resolution was passed during a meeting of the ICC that authorised N Srinivasan to chair the ICC Board from mid-2014 which will be the primary decision-making body.
With Agency Inputs