The Supreme Court today said it would hear on Friday the plea of Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) seeking to restrain N Srinivasan from contesting for the post of BCCI President in the Annual General Meeting of the Board scheduled on September 29 in Chennai.
"All right. We will hear it on Friday," a bench headed by Justice AK Patnaik said when the counsel for CAB sought an urgent hearing of the plea on the issue. CAB, in its application, has sought "interim injunction retraining respondent number 2 (Srinivasan) from contesting for the post of President of respondent number 1 (BCCI) in the Annual General Meeting to be held on September 29 at Chennai." It has also sought a direction to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that Srinivasan be not inducted in any committee of the Board till the matter pending in the apex court is decided.
The court had earlier posted for October the hearing on cross appeals filed by BCCI and CAB against the Bombay High Court's verdict declaring as illegal the probe panel appointed by the Board to look into spot fixing scandal.
It had on August 30 heard the petition filed by Aditya Verma, Secretary, CAB, challenging the high court's order refusing to appoint a fresh committee to probe the scam. The court had also issued notices to the BCCI, Srinivasan, his company India Cements which owns IPL team Chennai Super Kings, and the Rajasthan Royals on the plea.
CAB has pleaded that when the high court declared the panel of two judges as unconstitutional, it should have appointed a fresh committee to look into the issue. The apex court had on August 7 refused to grant interim stay on high court verdict, derailing the plan of Srinivasan to return as chief of BCCI.