On 22 January 2015, the Supreme Court of India rendered a landmark judgment disallowing former President of the Board of Cricket Control in India (‘BCCI’), Mr N. Srinivasan from contesting elections for the top post of the game’s
administrative body. The apex court struck down the amendment to Rule 6.2.4 of the BCCI Rules and Regulations which permitted BCCI office bearers to have a commercial interest in owning teams in the Indian Premier League (‘IPL’) and Champions League T20. For the first time in the history of Indian sport, a judicial precedent has been
set expounding the principle of what constitutes a conflict of interest in a sporting environment.
In this article, authored for the World Sports Law Report, Amrut Joshi, Aditya Shamlal, Vishnupriya Sainath and Mahit Anand analyse the rationale to the Supreme Court’s judgment and argue that Indian sport will never be the same again. The authors also analyse in detail the concept of ‘conflict of interest’ as expounded by the Supreme Court’s judgment.