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Apex court tells Srinivasan to step down
Tuesday 25 March 2014

The Supreme Court has asked N. Srinivasan to step down as BCCI president to ensure a fair probe of the Indian Premier League fixing and betting scandal. Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, who was a team official of Chennai Super Kings, has been indicted by a Supreme Court appointed inquiry committee of betting and sharing sensitive team information.

“Unless the BCCI president stands down, there can be no fair investigation. It’s nauseating,” justice A.K. Patnaik told the court in New Delhi.

"In our opinion, Srinivasan has to step down for a fair investigation into the allegation of betting," said Justice A.K. Patnaik in the course of the hearing the Justice Mukul Mudgal report that went into the allegations of betting and spot fixing in the IPL. The case has been adjourned till March 27. 

As senior counsel C.A. Sundaram sought to defend BCCI, Justice Patnaik said: "We will show the papers. You see it and tell us as a counsel about your opinion and not as a paid counsel for Srinivasan."

At one stage, comparing the two reports – one by an earlier enquiry committee formed by the BCCI, comprising two retired judges of the Madras High Court and the other by Justice Mudgal appointed by the apex court, Justice Patnaik asked: "Can we say that the probe report was managed and if we say so, then what will be the consequences." The apex court added: "Why is Srinivasan sticking to his chair? If you don't step down, then we will pass the order."

The BCCI, wanted the Supreme Court to let it start fresh disciplinary proceedings against Gurunath and Chennai Super Kings under the IPL franchise rules. But the Supreme Court did not agree and has instead asked Srinivasan to step down.

In July 2013, a two-member BCCI-appointed panel comprising of retired judges, T Jayaram Chouta and R Balasubramanian had found "no evidence of any wrongdoing" on the part of Gurunath and Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra. However, the Mudgal panel pointed out that the question of whether or not Gurunath had been involved in match-fixing and spot-fixing has "not been investigated thoroughly" by the anti-corruption units of the ICC and the BCCI or the Crime Branch Criminal Investigation Department of the Chennai police, "even though some information was available for such an investigation to be conducted."

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