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Legal expert clarifies Supreme Court's authority to remove BCCI chief Srinivasan
To ensure fair probe into the betting scandal, which broke during IPL 2013 , the BCCI has decided that N. Srinivasan would step aside as BCCI's President. This decision was only taken after the highest court of our country, Supreme Court asked for the removal of the BCCI's President and suggested Sunil Gavaskar's name as his replacement. But, does Supreme Court have so much power to do so?

On this regard, Imran Ali, Advocate, Supreme Court said, ''The Supreme Court has the power to remove Srinivasan. They have unlimited powers.'' But, people are confused as to how can a person from a private body (BCCI) be removed by the Supreme Court. Clearing the air, Ali said, ''Though, BCCI is a private body, it is incorporated through the Indian laws.''

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On 16 May 2013, the cricket world was shocked when three Rajasthan Royals players were arrested by the Delhi Police for spot fixing charges in IPL 2013. But, it was only after Gurunath Meiyappan, son-in-law of N. Srinivasan was arrested in Mumbai that Srinivasan also got embroiled in this controversy. Since then, Srinivasan has been a subject of severe criticism from all and sundry for his handling of the situation.

''BCCI should have in fact, removed Srinivasan from the post or Srinivasan could have himself resigned. But, when neither of these happened, the Supreme Court had to take this decision,'' said Ali. There were criminal charges against Srinivasan along with some serious allegations. Hence, it was inevitable.

With the Supreme Court having made their decision, the BCCI are helpless as well. If the Supreme Court has said something, there is no remedy. Where can one challenge? You can only plead. Had the BCCI been strong and dismissed him, things could have been better. Now, the court has asked Sunil Gavaskar to take over the BCCI reigns.

The former Indian great, Sunil Gavaskar has reportedly said that he would be honoured to be the new BCCI head. The ball is in Gavaskar's court. If he wants to, he can reject it as well. Ali said, ''The court cannot force anybody to take such positions. But, if the Court has thought of Gavaskar for such a position, it is an honour for him, as it means that the court believes in his credentials.''

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