Mohamed Imranullah S.

MADURAI: The Madras High Court Bench here on Wednesday declined to pass interim orders restraining the Centre and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) from sending the Indian Cricket team to play the ongoing tri-series in Sri Lanka as a mark of protest against alleged genocide in the island nation.

A Division Bench, comprising Justice P. Murgesen and Justice C.S. Karnan, dismissed a miscellaneous (sub) petition by a lawyer here on the ground that the BCCI had no statutory obligation towards the petitioner.

The main writ petition seeking a similar plea to restrain the team from touring Sri Lanka was kept pending. The judges pointed out that the Supreme Court had, in 2006, held that courts should not interfere in matters related to government’s foreign policy.

Earlier, BCCI counsel argued that preventing the team from going to Sri Lanka might affect the relationship between the countries.

In his counter affidavit, N. Srinivasan, honorary secretary, BCCI, stated that the board was not created by any statute.

No part of share capital was held by the government. Practically no finance was given by the government to meet the board’s expenditure. There was no deep and pervasive State control.

The writ petition filed with the support of 512 lawyers.