Court seeks Srini's reply

Hearing a public interest litigation which objects to certain changes in rules of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), alleging that the changes were made only for the sake of its president N Srinivasan, the Bombay High Court on Friday refused to stay the operation of these rules.

The High Court, however, asked BCCI and Srinivasan to file replies within a month to the petition, filed by the Cricket Association of Bihar.

“It is not possible to grant interim relief (at this stage)... we are looking at the rules and not the personalities,” said the division bench of S J Vajifdar and Gautam Patel.

The PIL challenges the amended regulation 6.2.4 which says that except IPL and Champions League Twenty-20, no administrator, officer, player or umpire shall have any direct or indirect commercial interest in the matches or events conducted by the cricket board.

The petition points out that IPL and Champions League T20 were left out only to benefit Srinivasan (who owns the IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings).

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