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Apr 23, 2010 at 10:13am IST

Ex-BCCI chief moves SC challenging IPL rules

New Delhi: Former Board of Control for Cricket in India president AC Muthiah has filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the cricket board's rules which permit BCCI and Indian Premier League administrators to own IPL teams.

Muthiah raised the contention that N Srinivasan, who is also IPL Secretary, is the owner of Chennai Super Kings and so there is a conflict of interest. Muthiah's move is seen as a support for the beleaguered IPL Chairman Lalit Modi.

The former BCCI president moving the Supreme Court comes just after Modi's last ditch attempt to save himself from being voted out of the IPL. Modi is likely to move the Bombay High Court on Friday for an injunction on the IPL Governing Council meeting on April 26 that is expected to vote him out of power.

Muthiah says IPL Secretary N Srinivasan owns Chennai Super Kings, which is a conflict of interest.

Modi will be challenging the legality of the meeting saying that he alone has the authority to convene a meeting as the IPL Chairman.

If Modi gets a stay on the meeting, it will escalate into a long drawn legal battle between him and the BCCI.

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