Cracking the whip in the Indian Premier League corruption case, the Supreme Court on Tuesday insisted that action must be taken against Board of Control for Cricket in India president in exile N Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan.
The Supreme Court was clear that it did not want to short-circuit BCCI’s working machinery and offered four options to the BCCI:
- Srinivasan steps aside and a BCCI committee takes a decision on Meiyappan
- Two independent judges are appointed to look into the punishment for Meiyappan
- The IPL Governing Council decides on punishment for Meiyappan
- The Mudgal Panel decides what punishment to hand out to Meiyappan
Srinivasan was accused of taking no action against Meiyappan and now the apex court wants the BCCI to spell out how the former CSK official should be punished. “Want action against Meiyappan.
What can be done to decide quantum of punishment? We don’t want to bypass BCCI, announce punitive measures,” the Court said on Tuesday.
According to PTI, Supreme Court objected to Srinivasan attending Tamil Nadu Cricket Association Meetings Despite stepping aside as cricket administrator.
Srinivasan admitted it was a mistake and said he should not have attended the meetings.
Earlier on Monday, the Supreme Court observed that it is very difficult to accept N. Srinivasan’s plea that there is no conflict of interest arising out of owning IPL team CSK and heading the BCCI.
A bench headed by Justice TS Thakur said that conflict of interest is equal to bias and even though actual bias may not be in the case but even likelihood of bias is important.
It said purity of cricket has to be maintained and all persons at the helm of its affairs should be above suspicion.
“Taking all circumstances in account, it is very difficult to accept your contention that there is no conflict of interest. You being MD of India Cements, India Cements owning CSK, an official of CSK involved in betting and you heading the BCCI,” the bench, also comprising Justice FMI Kalifulla, told Srinivasan’s lawyer Kapil Sibal.
Sibal, however, submitted that by that standard, conflict of interest is prevalent in every sphere of activities and noted that Hockey Federation and FIFA allow it.