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Will stay away from IPL meetings if allowed to contest BCCI elections, Srinivasan to SC

BCCI president-in-exile N Srinivasan on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that if he is re-elected to the cricket body, he would stay away from IPL governing council till a proposed committee decides on the question of conflict of interest involving him and his IPL franchisee Chennai Super Kings.

Srinivasan in an undertaking to the apex court also said that he will completely dissociate from IPL till a mechanism on conflict of interest is evolved.

BCCI is also opposed to setting up of high power external panel to look into the conflict of interest issue and punishment to be meted out on the basis of Mudgal committee report. “The appointment of a high power committee could affect BCCI’s autonomy,” BCCI lawyers told the court.

But the SC took a strong exception and told the BCCI that cricket would collapse if people lose confidence in the game. “Game of cricket will collapse if people’s confidence in the sport is not restored,” the SC said.

Srinivasan, who was suspended as BCCI president earlier in 2014, is the managing director of India Cements which owns IPL side Chennai Super Kings and the Supreme Court had pulled him up over conflict of interest. The court asked whether Srinivasan wanted to remain in BCCI or retain his team CSK in the IPL.

Earlier on Tuesday the Supreme Court insisted that action must be taken against Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan. At the end of the proceedings, it was decided that the court would appoint a two-member committee of retired judges that will look into the matter and come up with the solution.

Supreme Court had also objected to Srinivasan attending Tamil Nadu Cricket Association meetings even after stepping aside as a cricket administrator. Srinivasan admitted it was a mistake and said he should not have attended the meetings.

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