HC dismisses Muthiah's plea against Srinivasan

HC dismisses Muthiah's plea against Srinivasan

Rejecting the prayers, Justice K Chandru held that Muthiah had not made out any prima-facie case and the very locus standi of the plaintiff in maintaining the suits themselves was doubtful.

“The balance of convenience is not for grant of any interim order,” he observed dismissing the applications, including a prayer for interim injunction to restrain Srinivasan from functioning as Secretary till the disposal of the suits.

The judge also imposed a cost of Rs 25,000 on the plaintiff and ordered it to be paid to the Tamil Nadu State Legal Aid Services Authority within four weeks.

Muthiah in the main suit filed ahead of the Annual General Meeting of the BCCI on September 28, 2008, had contended that Srinivasan had committed breach of code of conduct for administrators by bidding for the Chennai team in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

He had submitted that Srinivasan attracted disqualification under Clause 6.2.4 of the BCCI Regulations, which, he said, barred administrators from having any direct or indirect commercial interest in any of the BCCI events.

Muthiah had also sought a direction restraining Srinivasan from contesting any post of office-bearer in the then elections.

Besides, he prayed for suspension of an amendment to Clause 6.2.4 of the Regulations introduced by the BCCI at the last year AGM to the effect that the clause will not apply to the IPL and Champions T-20 League.

Muthiah had also sought a direction from the court for appointing a commission to make a preliminary inquiry against Srinivasan on the complaint filed by him in his letters to the board in September last.

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