SC issues notice to Srinivasan, Niranjan Shah

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" Thirty per cent of the time this gentleman (Srinivasan) dominated the proceeding", the three-member bench comprising Justice Dipak Misra, AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, was informed.

Supreme Court has said that it will take the decision on the fourth report submitted by Committee of Administrators on 24th July.

Srinivasan's lawyer Kapil Sibal argued in his client's defence and on his behalf: "I am not disqualified". The BCCI needs to get back to working in unison and that is not possible till certain disqualified members don't stay away from interfering in the working of the board.

Srinivasan and Shah were disqualified from remaining as office-bearers of BCCI or state cricket bodies as they fell under the category of debarment for attaining the age of 70 years, as per Lodha's recommendations which were accepted by the SC on July 18, 2016.

"If a person is disqualified to be an office-bearer, he can not be nominated by office bearers", came a strong observation by Justice Dipak Misra on Friday.

"The SGM on June 26 was attended by various persons who are disqualified from being office bearers of BCCI and/or their respective state/member associations including N Srinivasan (represented TNCA) and Niranjan Shah (Saurashtra CA) amongst others". Choudhary noted the efforts of the CoA, which had met the state associations twice and "stressed" that it could work with the BCCI in "canvassing the impracticality or difficulties that may arise in implementation of some clauses" of the recommendations.

Thakur earned the ire of the court for not candidly telling it that the BCCI had requested a letter from the International Cricket Council stating that the appointment of a Comptroller and Auditor General of India nominee to the BCCI board amounted to government interference in its affairs.

The verdict sacking Thakur was passed after a long-drawn impasse over the implementation of the reforms recommended in the report by the Lodha committee, which was constituted by the apex court in January 2015 to clean up the BCCI after the 2013 Indian Premier League betting and spot-fixing scandal.

The Court further accepted the resignations of COA members, Vikram Limaye and Ramachandra Guha, and the replacements would be named on July 24 also. "Let the matter be listed at 2.00 p.m. on 24th July, 2017 for the aforesaid goal", it said.

Regarding this issue, the bench said: "If we look into the history, we can not deny the contribution made by Railways to cricket". They requested a "recall" of that specific part of the order.

Despite Subramanium's reservations, the court has made a decision to hear the matter.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo.

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