Mumbai, May 26 -- Soon after his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan was arrested by Mumbai police for his alleged collusion with bookies and remanded him in police custody till May 29, adversaries of BCCI chief N Srinivasan have started plotting his downfall.
Despite Srinivasan's defiance and refusal to step down, his rivals have been mulling over various options to oust the Tamil Nadu businessman from the helm of the world's richest sports body.
The most obvious choice for these board bigwigs to end Srinivasan's regime is to initiate impeachment proceedings under the BCCI constitution. According to the constitution, at least 10 full members can request the BCCI secretary to hold a special general body (SGM) meeting if they wish to remove the board president.
Once the meeting has been called, the proposal to seek ouster of the BCCI president has to be approved by at least two-third of the members.
With 27 playing units and three other members including Cricket Club of India (CCI), National Cricket Club (NCC) and Indian universities, at least 20 members have to vote in favour of Srinivasan's removal.
But it is highly unlikely that this most obvious route could fetch desired results for Srinivasan's rivals as impeachment proceedings can only be initiated if a criminal case has been registered against the president.
Given that it is Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath who has been booked under various sections of the IPC for allegedly colluding with bookies, the provisions of the BCCI constitution do not hold ground against the BCCI top brass.
"Srinivasan cannot be removed from his post by initiating impeachment proceedings as there is no criminal case registered against him," said former BCCI secretary Jayawant Lele.
"His son-in-law has been booked for his alleged nexus with bookies. This doesn't make him an accused in the case. He cannot be sacked unless he opts to resign, which is very unlikely," asserted Lele.
Apart from these provisions, the board's memorandum of rules and regulations, which bestows unlimited powers to the president, can also prove to be a big hurdle for Srinivasan's adversaries.
According to clause (vi) of rule 17 of the memorandum of rules and regulations, the president can postpone or cancel the SGM or the working committee meeting or meeting of standing committee complicating the situation further.
More importantly, if Srinivasan does not resign before the meeting, he would have a right to vote in the SGM, taking the total votes from 30 to 31, thus making life more difficult for his opponents.
Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.