SC bars Srini, Shah from July 26 SGM

NEW DELHI: Acting on expected lines, the Supreme Court on Monday restrained former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief N Srinivasan and Niranjan Shah from attending the Special General Meeting (SGM), scheduled to be held on July 26, as nominees of their respective state associations.

The apex court Bench, headed by Justice Dipak Misra, also directed that BCCI's SGM will only be attended by office bearers of state cricket associations.

Meanwhile, Srinivasan and Shah submitted their replies to the notice that was issued to them by the Supreme Court for attending the BCCI SGM on June 26 despite being barred by the apex court.

The Committee of Administrators (CoA), in its fourth report submitted to the top court, had earlier accused Srinivasan and Shah of creating disruptions in the June 26 SGM, which was convened to build consensus amongst BCCI members of the adoption of Lodha Panel reforms.

Describing them as disqualified members, the CoA had further accused them of having vested interests of wanting to stall the implementation of the reforms.

"The SGM held on June 26 was manifestly disruptive. Before the meeting, a substantial consensus has been arrived at as a result of mutual deliberations between the CoA and various constituent members of BCCI," the CoA's report had stated.

"The SGM on June 26 was attended by various persons who are disqualified from being office bearers of the BCCI and/or their respective state/member associations including N. Srinivasan (represented the TNCA) and Niranjan Shah (Saurashtra CA) amongst others," it added.

The report had stated that such disqualified persons have vested interests, because "if the judgment is implemented, such disqualified persons will have to relinquish control over their respective state/ member associations."