SC issues notice to N. Srinivasan, Niranjan Shah on CoA's complaint

SC issues notice to N. Srinivasan, Niranjan Shah on CoA's complaint

Srinivasan represented Tamil Nadu Cricket Association in those meetings, while former BCCI secretary Shah represented Saurashtra Cricket Association.

Besides N Srinivasan, the SC also issued notice to Niranjan Shah and questioned how they could be representatives of any cricket body if they had been disqualified as office bearers.

However, according to amicus curiae Gopal Subramanium, when the wider BCCI body held special general meetings to discuss and ratify the shortlisted recommendations, the meetings were "hijacked" by Srinivasan and Shah.

This new development comes after the apex court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), in a scathing status report, described the duo of Srinivasan and Shah as "disqualified office bearers with vested interest", who are still trying to stall implementation of Lodha reforms. The apex court further said that it will examine if office bearers, otherwise disqualified, can participate in BCCI affairs through other routes. "Such disqualified persons have a vested interest in stalling implementation of judgement because if the judgement is implemented, such disqualified person will have to relinquish control over their respective state associations." it added.

Srinivasan had earlier been asked to step down by the SC over the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal, involving his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan.

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The bench said it will decide the matter on the next date of the hearing and sought replies from Srinivasan and Shah on the objections raised by CoA in their report. Guha had stepped down from the post in June while Limaye held his position till Friday. While Guha had resigned citing personal reasons, Limaye is leaving his post to take over as CEO of the National Stock Exchange (NSE).

Thakur, a senior BJP leader and a Member of Parliament from Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh, was asked by the apex court on July 7 to tender an apology in explicit terms to get relief from the contempt proceedings initiated against him.

The apex court passed its verdict on July 18, 2016 accepting the majority of the reforms suggested by the three-member panel, headed by Justice Lodha.

The bench said "if we look look into the history, we can not deny the contribution made by railways to cricket".