New Delhi: Under-fire ICC Chairman N. Srinivasan received some much-needed good news on Tuesday when Bombay High Court dismissed a petition filed by Aditya Verma from Cricket Association of Bihar challenging his conflict of Interest in running the affairs of BCCI.
Srinivasan was appointed Chairman of International Cricket Council in June and still nurses ambition of reclaiming the chair of BCCI by contesting for another term. This latest ruling by the High Court could clear his way to participate in the elections in Chennai on November 20.
A division bench headed by Justice Anoop Mohota's ruling decided against interfering with the BCCI general body's decision, in carrying out the amendments in its rules. The court felt the plea filed by CAB was based on presumptions and assumptions and hence would not be considered in a Public Interest Litigation.
The Bench stated the petitioner, by virtue of being a third party, was not part of the BCCI. Also, the allegations made by him did not come from personal knowledge.
The original rule states, each Zone should elect BCCI President by rotation, but as per the amendment, a Zone can nominate a candidate for the post outside its jurisdiction. The petition alleged that this amendment favored N. Srinivasan.
Aditya Verma in his PIL also questioned the amendment to regulation 6.2.4 that states, apart from IPL and CLT20, no administrator, officer, player or umpire is allowed to have any direct or indirect commercial interest in matches or events conducted by the BCCI.
As per the petition, IPL and CLT20 were intentionally excluded from the amendment to allegedly favour Srinivasans' interest. But the Bench refused to interfere with BCCI's decision, as they did not violate any law.