After a marathon meeting, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday strongly defended embattled ICC chairman N Srinivasan after he was cleared of IPL fixing charges by the Supreme Court-appointed Justice Mudgal committee, and decided to hold its much-delayed Annual General Meeting on December 17.
The decision giving Srinivasan a clean chit was taken at an Emergent Working Committee meeting, where the board also supported IPL COO Sundar Raman, who has been accused of being in touch with a bookie’s contact in the Justice Mudgal Committee probe report.
“The members noted the conclusions in the final report of the Mudgal committee and felt that there is no taint on the conduct of Srinivasan and the allegations levelled against him by unscrupulous elements were baseless aimed at destabilising the working of the BCCI,” a BCCI statement said.
The working committee also heard Raman’s explanation with regards to charges against him in the report, which was submitted to the Supreme Court. The apex court will continue to hear the matter on November 24. “Members were given a copy of the final report of the Justice Mudgal committee and the conclusions were explained and discussed,” the BCCI said.
Sanjay Patel, BCCI’s secretary, later told journalsits: “Like everybody else, Sundar Raman is given an opportunity to explain himself, we have decided that he should be allowed to present himself in the Supreme Court. Sundar Raman gave his explanation relating to his role with reference to the conclusion relating to him in the report of Mudgal committee. The members heard his explanation and decided that the board should support Sundar Raman to represent himself before the Supreme Court.”
The development comes a day after the panel cleared Srinivasan of any involvement in fixing or betting and dismissed allegations that he tried to scuttle investigations into the IPL match-fixing scandal. But it found fault with him for ignoring a violation of the code of conduct by an unnamed player.
On the AGM, the statement said that the working committee postponed the 85th Annual General Meeting of the BCCI, originally scheduled to be held on November 20. “The meeting now will be held on December 17 at 11:30 am at Park Sheraton, Chennai,” said the statement.