IPL spot-fixing: BCCI 'welcomes' order of Supreme Court

New Delhi: The BCCI today "welcomed" the order of the Supreme Court related to the IPL spot-fixing case and said that they will hold the AGM in accordance with the directions and timelines as stipulated by the apex court.

"The BCCI welcomes the order of the Honorable Supreme Court, which has put to rest the uncertainty, that has prevailed in the recent past," BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said in a statement.

"The BCCI will extend its unstinted cooperation to the three-member committee appointed by the Honorable Supreme Court," he said.

"The Annual General Body meeting of the BCCI which also includes the election of the office bearers will be held in accordance with the directions and timelines as stipulated by the Honorable Supreme Court," he said in the brief statement.

In its order, the Supreme Court barred BCCI's sidelined President N Srinivasan from contesting any Board election on grounds of conflict of interest and set up a judges committee under a former Chief Justice of India to decide on the punishment in the IPL scam that can threaten the future of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR).

Striking down rules that permitted BCCI office bearers to have a commercial interest by owning teams in the hugely-popular Indian Premier League and Champions League, a two-member bench of Justices T S Thakur and F M I Khalifulla, said, "Amendment in the BCCI rules allowing Srinivasan to own IPL team is bad as conflict of interest in cricket leads to great confusion."

"No one who has commercial interest including N Srinivasan shall be eligible for any post in the BCCI and this disqualification on ground of commercial interest shall continue till such commercial interest will exist," the bench said while asking BCCI to hold its AGM for electing office bearers within six weeks.

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