HC notice to TN govt and cricket body

The Madras High Court on Thursday ordered issue of notice to the state government and Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) office-bearers, including its president N Srinivasan, on a petition which alleged irregularities in the TNCA and sought appropriate action.

When the petition by a city-based cricket club affiliated to the TNCA came up for hearing, Justice K K Sasidharan ordered notice to state government officials concerned and private notice to 25 office-bearers of TNCA returnable by June 17.
Special Pleader I S Inbadurai took the notice for the government.

C S Kadiresan, honrary general secretary of Bharath Cricket Club, in his petition alleged that there were various irregularities in the running of the TNCA. He alleged that while the rules of Board of Control for Cricket in India did not permit its office-bearers to have any stake in cricket playing institutions, they were “amended” and “tailor made” to suit the needs of the TNCA chief, who is also the president of BCCI, and his company.

“The entire affairs of the TNCA was being mismanaged and being run prejudicial to the interests of the association just for the personal advantage and gain of the fifth respondent (Srinivasan) herein as an IPL franchisee,” it said.

He also observed that his club along with six other clubs had made a representation to the state government on March 27, 2012 about the “mismanagement, mal-administration and improper functioning” of the Executive Committee of the TNCA. Listing out various instances of alleged mismanagement and misadministration by TNCA, the petition sought a direction to government officials concerned to take appropriate action against the EC members of the TNCA, on the basis of its representation.

The petition has been filed three days after Srinivasan ‘stepped aside’ as BCCI President till the completion of investigation by a board appointed panel into IPL spot-fixing scandal in which his son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings ‘Principal’ had been arrested.

Probe report submitted to BCCI

An internal probe report was submitted on Wednesday to BCCI about the IPL spot-fixing case, in which three players including S Sreesanth of Rajasthan Royals were arrested by the Delhi Police a fortnight ago, reports PTI from New Delhi.

The fate of the report, which was completed without getting any access to the arrested players and complete evidence collected by the Delhi Police, is yet to be decided, keeping in view the crisis that has engulfed the cricket board.

BCCI had appointed R N Sawani, a former IPS officer who probed the 2000 match-fixing case, to submit its report to the cricket board after analysing the probe of Delhi and Mumbai Police.

BCCI had given a time of 15 days for Sawani to complete the probe.
The mandate of the probe was to examine allegations levelled by the Delhi Police against the three players and the three matches that have been listed by them, official sources said.

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