Indian Court Reinstates BCCI President Srinivasan, Forms New Spot-Fixing Probe
India's Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated Board of Control for Cricket in India President N. Srinivasan, "but ordered him to stay away from a fresh enquiry into alleged spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League," according to the AFP. Srinivasan, 68, widely regarded as the most powerful man in world cricket, "had been barred by the court from taking charge since his election" on Sept. 29 as BCCI president for a third year. A.K. Patnaik, one of the two judges who heard the case, said, "Srinivasan can take over as BCCI president, but we have also formed a new probe panel to investigate the case" (AFP, 10/9). IANS reported the apex court bench of Patnaik and Justice J.S. Kehar said that the BCCI and Srinivasan would completely keep off the probe panel, "but will extend all the facilities required by the investigators" (IANS, 10/8). The PTI reported Srinivasan was "quite happy" after the Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed him to take charge as BCCI president. Srinivasan said, "I think the Supreme Court has said I can resume functioning and discharge my functions. So I am quite happy because BCCI needs somebody." The Tamil Nadu strongman "did not seem too concerned with a new committee being formed." Srinivasan: "I have no comment on the new committee, Supreme Court has directly formed it. I have not a part of it. I have nothing to do with it" (PTI, 10/8).