BCCI backs Srinivasan and Sundar Raman, postpones AGM to December 17

The BCCI on Tuesday decided to hold its much-delayed Annual General Meeting on December 17 even as it stood firmly behind embattled President-in-exile N Srinivasan and IPL chief Sundar Raman

Chennai: The Indian cricket board on Tuesday decided to hold its much-delayed Annual General Meeting on December 17 even as it stood firmly behind embattled President-in-exile N Srinivasan after he was cleared of IPL fixing charges by the Supreme Court-appointed probe committee and also decided against taking any action against Indian Premier League chief Sundar Raman for being in "contact" with a bookie.

The decision was taken at an Emergent Working Committee meeting.

"The working committee postponed the 85th Annual General Meeting of the BCCI, originally scheduled to be held on November 20. The meeting now will be held on December 17, 2014 at 11:30 am, at Park Sheraton, Chennai," the BCCI said in a statement.

Srinivasan and Sundar Raman
N Srinivasan and Sundar Raman

The Board backed Srinivasan, who has also been cleared of allegations that he tried to subvert the probe. BCCI said the charges against Srinivasan were aimed at destabilising the Board. Srinivasan is currently also the Chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

"The members noted the conclusions in the final report of the Mudgal committee and felt that there is no taint on the conduct of Mr Srinivasan and the allegations levelled against him by unscrupulous elements were baseless and were aimed at destabilising the working of the BCCI," the statement read.

Besides, the working committee also heard Raman's explanation with regards to charges against him in the report,
which was submitted to the Supreme Court. The apex court will continue to hear the matter on November 24.

"Members were given a copy of the final report of the Justice Mudgal committee and the conclusions were explained
and discussed," the BCCI said. 

"Sundar Raman gave his explanation relating to his role with reference to the conclusion relating to him in the report
of Mudgal committee. The members heard his explanation and decided that the Board should support Mr Sundar Raman to represent himself before the Supreme Court," it added.

"We have faith in the Supreme Court. Everybody will be given a chance to explain themselves in the court and the hearing will decide on Raman. Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra will fight their own cases in Supreme Court," BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said following the completion of the meeting here.

The Supreme Court appointed Mukul Mudgal committee report, which was made public on Monday, stated that IPL chief executive officer Raman had been in touch with a bookie's contact  "eight times in one season". The report also said that Raman knew of Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra's involvement in betting and did nothing about it.

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