Barely two weeks after the BCCI filed a plea in the Supreme Court seeking clarification whether its former president N. Srinivasan could attend its meetings, the governing body has moved the apex court to be allowed to correct a "factual error" in the plea, reported The Times of India.
The BCCI on September 12 urged the apex court to clarify whether its former president and current International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman Srinivasan should be allowed to attend the meetings as the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) president.
The apex cricketing body sought the clarification as court by its January 22, 2015, order had said that Srinivasan cannot contest elections for BCCI presidency as long as he is involved in "conflict of interest" as an owner of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
In the new plea, the BCCI states that the trustee is, in fact, "another N Srinivasan...with a different father and different address" who is former partner of Fraser & Ross, an old chartered accountancy firm in Chennai, states the report.
The revised application made by the BCCI on September 23 states that the board had made a "bona fide error" and that it now wants specific paras that "inadvertently crept into the prior application" to be removed.
BCCI honorary secretary Anurag Thakur told the newspaper that the error was discovered after reading the trust deed, but it "does not alter the BCCI stand--that of Srinivasan's conflict of interest--despite his so-called restructuring of CSK franchise".
Sources close to N Srinivasan told the paper that he is considering taking legal action soon.
On August 28, the BCCI Working Committee meeting was adjourned in Kolkata after it was decided to seek the apex Court's opinion on whether Srinivasan could attend the deliberations as TNCA representative.
Srinivasan was earlier in the year asked by the Supreme Court to step aside as the BCCI president to facilitate investigation of the 2013 IPL scandal. His son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan has been convicted of betting in the IPL and banned from any cricketing activity for life.
With inputs from IANS