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Ex-BCCI Srinivasan grovels for his spirited contempt, SC gives him a pass

Sidelined president N Srinivasan Friday tendered an unconditional apology for presiding over the 8 February Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Working Committee meeting in breach of a court order.

Srinivasan told the court that it was due to a bonafide misunderstanding of the court’s order that we went ahead to chair the meet.

“I am offering an unqualified apology. We looked at the letter of the order and not the spirit,” the court was told.

Accepting the unconditional apology, the apex court bench of Justice TS Thakur and Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla permitted him to cast his vote in the board elections on behalf of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) at the Annual General Body (AGM) meeting of the BCCI March 2.

The court made it clear that Srinivasan would be exercising the vote on behalf of TNCA as a representative and not as its president, only if TNCA formally authorises him to do so.

Srinivasan in January was stopped from participating in BCCI matters till the time he was in conflict of interest as BCCI president and at the same time as a stakeholder of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

His son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, a CSK official, was found guilty of betting by the apex court in the 2013 IPL spot fixing and betting scandal.

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