The former president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), A.C. Muthiah, has moved the Supreme Court to restrain BCCI secretary N. Srinivasan from taking over as its president in September.
On Wednesday, senior counsel Nalini Chidambaram, appearing for Mr. Muthiah, made a mention before a Bench of Justices Altamas Kabir and S.S. Nijjar, pleading for early constitution of a Bench to hear the appeal, following a split verdict given in April this year.
She said the applicant had filed a plea and the matter required to be heard expeditiously.
However, senior counsel P.S. Raman, appearing for the BCCI, and Harishankar, counsel for Mr. Srinivasan, submitted that any such mention could be made only before Chief Justice S.H. Kapadia. Justice Kabir told Ms. Chidambaram that she should approach the Chief Justice of India for constituting the Bench.
In his application, Mr. Muthiah said that in the split verdict given on April 28, while one judge held that it was a fit case for grant of injunction, another judge disagreed with it and as a result the matter had been referred to the CJI in order to post it before another Bench.
He said the BCCI meeting was to take place in the last week of September and Mr. Srinivasan was all set to take over as the president. Mr. Muthiah said the question of conflict of interest, raised by him in the appeal, was still continuing as Mr. Srinivasan was also the member of the Governing Council of the Indian Premier League.
He sought an order of injunction to restrain Mr. Srinivasan from functioning as BCCI secretary or assuming charge as its president pending hearing of his appeal by a larger Bench.