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SC asks Srinivasan to explain there was no conflict of interest

The Supreme Court today grilled suspended BCCI president N Srinivasan’s counsel and asked him to show that there was no conflict of interest in Srinivasan’s role in the the board, the Indian Premier League and the Chennai Super Kings.

“Show us there was no conflict of interest from the facts before the Mukul Mudgal Committee report,” the judges insisted.

In the resumed hearing in the IPL betting scam, Srinivasan’s counsel Kapil Sibal, had a tough time to prove that he had no role in the scam.

He submitted before a bench presided over by Justice T S Thakur that Srinivasan acted immediately when the media reported that his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan was involved.

The latter was arrested in May last year and within two days BCCI lodged a complaint against him and India Cements which owns CSK. After that committees have been set up to inquire into the allegations, but Srinivasan had scrupulously kept out of the selection of the members and the proceedings. He also resigned from the governing council of the BCCI and stayed away from its day today administration.

When Sibal argued that neither the Bombay High Court where a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed, nor the Mudgal Committee report referred to any conflict of interest, the judges observed that irrespective of that he must prove that there was no conflict of interest, which is the core issue.

When Nalini Chidambaram, senior counsel for the Cricket Association of Bihar, alleged that Srinivasan was wearing several hats like BCCI chief and India Cements promoter, Sibal said that it was not unusual as even the players and umpires have donned several roles in the past.

Vijay Mallya was administrator of the Karnataka cricket association as well as owner of Kingfisher which played a role in the IPL. Players Gavaskar, Ganguly, Ravi Shastri and others had acted as administrators, commentators and got remuneration. The hearing was adjourned till next Monday afternoon for Sibal to complete his arguments.

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