N. Srinivasan, who stepped aside as the president of Board of Control for Cricket in India, has urged the Supreme Court to reconsider the interim order on his removal and said he should be allowed to resume his elected office.
In his reply to a petition by the Cricket Association of Bihar, Mr. Srinivasan said his term would end in September this year and he should be allowed to complete his tenure.
On March 28, the apex court appointed former cricketer Sunil Gavaskar as interim president for IPL-7 matches and ordered BCCI vice-president Shivlal Yadav to discharge the functions of the president.
Mr. Srinivasan said: “Already, vested interests behind the petitioner have charged me with violating this court’s order by attending the ICC meetings in Dubai last week. Even though this court clearly observed orally that the interim order is restricted to only BCCI activities, a hue and cry was made by vested interests that I should not represent the BCCI at the ICC. That apart, the BCCI rules do not contemplate an interim president.”
The former BCCI chief denied the charges levelled against him in the court by senior counsel Harish Salve, appearing for the petitioner, that he was guilty of corruption by indulging in a cover-up before the probe committee in order to save the IPL franchisee Chennai Super Kings and his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan.
Mr. Srinivasan said he never made any statement before Justice Mudgal that Mr. Meiyappan was a “mere cricket enthusiast.” What he had told the committee was that he did not believe that Mr. Meiyappan had done anything wrong, he said.