SC axes N Srinivasan, CSK and RR can play

 The BCCI chief had been holding on to his post despite his son-in-law’s involvement in betting cases
Hardnews Bureau Delhi
 

In a major setback to the BCCI chief, the Supreme Court of India on Thursday proposed the replacement of N Srinivasan, and also to suspend Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) from not taking part in IPL 7, till the pendency of the case of betting and spot-fixing scandal against it. The court also suggested Sunil Gavaskar’s name as the interim president till the investigation proceeds.

In a statement to the BCCI, the SC proposed three interim orders:

Remove N Srinivasan from the post of BCCI president. Sunil Gavaskar will take over while the investigation is still on. RR and CSK will not take part in IPL 7. All India Cements employees to be removed from whatever position they are in the BCCI – staff, auditors, Chief Financial Officer and even the computer operators.

The court has asked BCCI to reply by Friday. The proposals came two days after the same court urged Srinivasan to step down as president of the BCCI to enable a ‘fair’ investigation into allegations, revolving around his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan’s involvement in illegal betting and sharing other match details during IPL 6. Meiyappan was arrested in May last year by Mumbai Police probing illegal betting but was later released on bail.

With things getting complicated and out of the control, Srinivasan has agreed to step down from the post. It is indeed a tough time for the CSK and RR players including India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is currently playing T20 World Cup in Bangladesh. Harish Salve, counsel of the petitioner, raised questions on the conduct of Dhoni. “Dhoni is an employee of India Cements and that leads to a conflict of interest.” Sundar Raman, who runs the IPL, is also an employee of Indian Cements,” said Salve. Salve also pointed to Dhoni’s deposition before the Mudgal Commission in which he said that Gurunath Meiyappan was not the team principal/owner, but just an enthusiast.”

Sunil Gavaskar chose to speak very cautiously on the entire issue. He acknowledged the SC proposal by saying, “It is difficult for me to say anything at this stage if highest court in India asks you to do something, will be an honour to accept. Not having IPL is not going to help. When match-fixing cropped up, no one said to stop Test cricket.”

Is MSD guilty too? Will CSK and RR be axed from IPL 7? Will the BCCI million dollar baby bubble burst or become much more transparent for cricket fans? Will these proceedings hamper India’s chances in the T20 World Cup? Will this cleaning process lead us to new controversies and bigger names? Only time will tell, but for now it’s adieu Srinivisan.