Although many believe that N Srinivasan, who was elected for a third term as BCCI president at its AGM on Sunday, may have invoked contempt of court for violating the Supreme Court ruling that said he cannot assume office till further order, many board members do not think so.
“Everybody was elected unopposed. He (Srinivasan) chaired the meeting,” said vice-president Rajeev Shukla. He added that Srinivasan briefed the members about the court order at the meeting. According to Shukla, Srinivasan briefed the house saying: “BCCI’s position is clear. Election will take place in the AGM, the new office bearers will take position except me because of the Supreme Court directive. Rest of the members are elected.” Former vice-president Niranjan Shah said the meeting followed the BCCI constitution. “Srinivasan chaired it. It is part of a democratic process,” said Shah.
Shukla insisted that Srinivasan did not violate the Supreme Court order. His argument was that the court had allowed the AGM to be held. He added that without a president, an AGM cannot take place.
Shukla added that the tour, programme and fixtures committee will soon meet to finalise details of the series against the West Indies to be held in November. According to a PTI report, Kolkata is likely to host Sachin Tendulkar’s 200th Test.