Relief for Srinivasan as Bombay HC dismisses PIL against him

N Srinivasan received a major boost in his bid to become the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president for another term after the Bombay High Court yesterday dismissed the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by the unrecognised Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB).

N Srinivasan
N Srinivasan 

CAB's secretary Aditya Verma had challenged the BCCI's amendment to clause 15, concerning zonal representation policy of electing the president. According to Verma, it was done to help Srinivasan extend his reign.

Verma also opposed BCCI's amendment to 6.2.4 regulation which bars an administrator, officer, player or umpire having any direct or indirect commercial interest in matches or events conducted by the Board.

The amendment to this rule made it possible for Srinivasan to own a franchise, Chennai Super Kings, in the Indian Premier League.

Aditya Verma
Aditya Verma 

The Bombay HC bench of Justice Mohta and Justice Jamdar yesterday decided to dismiss CAB's PIL on the basis that the amendments were carried out within BCCI rules. Both parties argued vociferously before the bench announced its decision in the evening.

Verma to move SC
Verma, meanwhile, will move the Supreme Court. "There is no doubt that I will approach the apex court. I am awaiting to see the full copy of the order and on what basis they have rejected our PIL.

"After going through the order copy, we will be able to decide on our points to argue," Verma told mid-day.

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