Former India Cricket President N. Srinivasan Faces Last-Minute Legal Hurdle
Former Board of Control for Cricket in India President N. Srinivasan "faces a last-minute legal challenge to his attempted return to the top job following a betting scandal that has rocked the sport," according to the AFP. India's Supreme Court "agreed to hear a petition on Friday seeking to ban" Srinivasan from running for BCCI president "during crucial elections this weekend." A petition filed on behalf of the Cricket Association of Bihar claims Srinivasan "has no 'moral authority' to vie for a third year as BCCI chief during elections in Chennai on Sunday." There was "no immediate comment from Srinivasan" (AFP, 9/24). The PTI reported the CAB "also sought a direction" to the BCCI that Srinivasan "be not inducted in any committee of the Board till the matter pending in the apex court is decided" (PTI, 9/24). The PTI also reported the Delhi High Court allowed the BCCI to hold its Special General Meeting "to consider the disciplinary committee's report on former IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi for alleged financial irregularities in the cricket league." Justice V. K. Shali set aside the trial court's Sept. 21 order restraining the BCCI "from holding its SGM" scheduled for Wednesday. The court said, "So far as appeal of the BCCI is concerned, it is allowed" (PTI, 9/24).