MUMBAI – The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to take punitive action against former Chennai Super Kings (CSK) official and N. Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan.
Srinivasan was accused of taking no action against Meiyappan and now the apex court wants the BCCI to spell out how the former CSK official should be punished. “Want action against Meiyappan. What can be done to decide quantum of punishment? We don’t want to bypass BCCI, announce punitive measures,” the Court said on Tuesday.
Earlier on Monday, the Supreme Court observed that it is very difficult to accept N. Srinivasan’s plea that there is no conflict of interest arising out of owning IPL team CSK and heading the BCCI.
A bench headed by Justice TS Thakur said that conflict of interest is equal to bias and even though actual bias may not be in the case but even likelihood of bias is important.
It said purity of cricket has to be maintained and all persons at the helm of its affairs should be above suspicion.
“Taking all circumstances in account, it is very difficult to accept your contention that there is no conflict of interest. You being MD of India Cements, India Cements owning CSK, an official of CSK involved in betting and you heading the BCCI,” the bench, also comprising Justice FMI Kalifulla, told Srinivasan’s lawyer Kapil Sibal.
Srinivasan’s son-in-law, Gurunath Meiyappan, has been found guily by the Mudgal panel of being actively involved in betting during the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Chennai Super Kings might be disqualified.
Sibal, however, submitted that by that standard, conflict of interest is prevalent in every sphere of activities and noted that Hockey Federation and FIFA allow it.
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