The Supreme Court yesterday cleared the decks for N Srinivasan to take over as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president later this month.
Srinivasan will take over the reins of the cricketing body at its two-day annual general body meeting on September 19-20. An apex court bench of Justice Aftab Alam and Justice RM Lodha passed an order after counsel CA Sundram, appearing for the BCCI, told the court that assumption of office by Srinivasan would be subject to the outcome of the main petition that would be heard by a three judge bench.
Counsel Gopal Subramanium, appearing for Srinivasan, too made a statement endorsing the BCCI position. Former BCCI president AC Muthiah had moved the apex court challenging Srinivasan's election as BCCI president on the ground that he was involved in a conflict of interest with the cricketing body. Muthiah had also challenged the amendment to BCCI rules that paved the way for Srinivasan's India Cements to own IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings.
Subramanium told the court that his client would maintain highest standards in conducting the affairs of the cricketing body and would not participate in the board meeting when it would discuss the matter concerning India Cements.
Both Sundram and Subramanium made the statement after counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for Muthiah, asked the court that it should make elevation of Srinivasan conditional subject to the outcome of main petition. �