Srinivasan allowed to contest, not lead

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Supreme Court prohibits BCCI president from taking charge even if re-elected at AGM.

The Supreme Court on Friday prohibited N Srinivasan, the BCCI president, from taking charge even if he succeeds in getting another term during the elections at the Annual General Meeting (AGM), scheduled for Sunday.

While letting the BCCI hold its AGM on September 29, the court said that the Board may choose to hold its election but if Srinivasan is re-elected, he could not assume the charge until the court so allowed.

"The proposed Annual General Meeting of the Board of Control for Cricket in India may be held on 29th September, 2013 as scheduled and the election in the Annual General Meeting may also be held, but in case, respondent No.2 (Shri N. Srinivasan) is elected as the President, he will not take charge until further orders," ordered a bench of Justices A K Patnaik and J S Khehar.

Lashing BCCI

While passing the restraint order, the bench also came down heavily on the BCCI for letting Srinivasan continue at the helm of the affairs although his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan had been chargesheeted by the police in spot fixing scandal and he had been booked for various criminal offences.

As soon as counsel for the BCCI and Srinivasan declined that he was keeping himself out of the cricketing body's affairs, the bench shot back: "Why and how is he continuing when his son-in-law is involved? Why are you (BCCI) so keen on holding your election when the Supreme Court of India is seized of the matter?"

The court added: "We don't know anybody. We only know cricket. We only know BCCI. Why are you (Srinivasan) so keen to be re-elected? It is quite possible that the election is in the agenda of the proposed AGM so you may hold your election. But you don't take charge until we say so."

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