Supreme Court proposes three interim orders to cleanse rot within BCCI
The Supreme Court on Thursday gave three interim proposals to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president N.Srinivasan in the matter of the 2013 Indian Premier League spot-fixing and betting scam, and said it will finally pass its order at 10.30 a.m. on Friday.
Coming out after the court had finished its hearing for the day on the petition filed by the Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB), its secretary, Aditya Verma, beamed with confidence as he informed the proposals of the court in front of a packed media.
"The court has given three interim orders proposed today -- the first being that incumbent Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief N. Srinivasan steps aside, secondly, it proposed former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar to act as the interim president of the BCCI till the time the case against Srinivasan continues," Verma said.
The third major interim proposal given by the apex court was that two Indian Premier League (IPL) teams Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals should not participate in the upcoming IPL that is scheduled to start from April 16 of this year. These are proposed interim orders which will be heard tomorrow," Verma added.
Verma stated that those hailing from the India Cements will not be allowed to hold any official position within the BCCI.
When asked if this verdict would invariably affect Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the CAB Secretary replied in the affirmative.
"It is unfortunate that how Srinivasan pressurised Dhoni to make a false statement in front of the Mudgal Committee to tell that Gurunath Meiyappan was a cricket enthusiast, and this was presented by our lawyer, Senior Advocate Harish Salve, who explained how India Cements have become too much entrenched within the BCCI," Verma said.
The IPL betting and fixing case began in June last year when the secretary of the Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB), Aditya Verma, filed a PIL in the Bombay High Court. After a two-member BCCI probe commission, appointed by Srinivasan and Co, gave Meiyappan and Rajasthan Royal's Raj Kundra a clean chit, all hell broke loose. Verma promptly filed an affidavit in the Bombay High Court, pointing out Srinivasan's conflict of interest, since he owned Chennai Super Kings, and the fact that Meiyappan was the husband of his daughter. The BCCI doesn't recognize Verma's CAB.
Srinivasan had stepped aside in June 2013 after Meiyappan's name cropped up in the fixing scandal, which had to led to a ban on pacer S.Sreesanth and his two other Rajasthan Royals colleagues.
In his absence, former BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya discharged the duties of president. However, at the BCCI AGM in September 2013, Srinivasan was re-elected president.
(Posted on 27-03-2014)