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IPL 6: Now, Govt Asks Srinivasan To Quit

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The chorus for BCCI chief N Srinivasan's ouster grew from within on 29 May '2013 with Board heavyweights and some state units demanding his resignation as Sharad Pawar joined in the attack on him but the beleaguered cricket boss showed no signs of relenting under pressure. However, a section of the media reported that he may oblige tomorrow, 30 May.

Following all round attack on Srinivasan's continuance as BCCI Chief in the wake of arrest of his son-in-law and CSK team owner Gurunath Meiyappan on charges of betting in IPL, Board heavyweights — Rajeev Shukla and Arun Jaitley — shed their reluctance on the issue.

As Srinivasan continued his defiance and brushed aside demands for his resignation, sources said that efforts were on to rally support among BCCI members to initiate steps for building more pressure so that he steps down on his own.

They said former BCCI Chief Jagmohan Dalmiya, who is believed to have backed Srinivasan during the weekend, may also come out with a statement against him.

"Till the pendency of inquiry, he (Srinivasan) should disassociate himself from the procedure as earlier also, it was discussed that he should disassociate. Disassociate, what it means is very clear.

"He will have to take a decision now. Mr Jaitley and I have suggested to him," Shukla said after meeting Jaitley.

"Credibility of the Board is supreme for us. We will act in the best interest of the Board and Indian cricket," he added.
 
N Srinivasan's cup of woes seems to be spilling over with the Sports Ministry joining the growing chorus of demand for his resignation as BCCI President pending inquiry into the ongoing IPL spot-fixing scandal.     
 
After senior Board officials such as IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla, vice-President Arun Jaitley and Jyotiraditya Scindia urged him to step aside, the Ministry has also sought his ouster.     
 
"BCCI is inquiring into allegations of match and spot fixing. As there is a conflict of interest in this inquiry, therefore BCCI President should tender his resignation on moral grounds, pending the outcome of the inquiry," the Ministry said in a statement.     

Srinivasan's son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings CEO Gurunath Meiyappan has been arrested by the Mumbai Police for alleged involvement in betting.     
 
A three-member BCCI inquiry committee is also probing Meiyappan and the allegations against three Rajasthan Royals players and its franchise as well as the Chennai Super Kings.     
 
Justice T Jayaram Chouta, former Judge of the Karnataka and Madras High Courts, Justice R Balasubramanian, former Judge of the Madras High Court, and BCCI Secretary Sanjay Jagdale are members of the Commission.     
 
The Ministry said it is observing the unfolding events "with considerable disquiet" and reiterated its commitment towards a strong anti-corruption law for sports.     
 
"The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is in favour of a law to curb malpractices in all sports. It will send its comments on the bill drafted by the Law Ministry, and is looking forward to working with the Law Ministry and other stakeholders for the development of a comprehensive law against match and spot-fixing," the statement read.     
 
The Ministry, meanwhile, rejected reports that it was in favour of legalising betting to curb corruption in sports.     
 
"The Ministry of Sports has also observed that a section of the Media has reported that it is in favour of a law regularising betting in the sporting events in the country.     
 
"The Ministry clarifies that betting is a State Subject and cannot be part of a Central law. The Ministry has made no recommendations to regularise betting to the Law Ministry or to any other organisation," it said.

Shukla Says Won't Run For Another Term As IPL Chairman
Interestingly, Shukla did not utter the word resignation in his appeal to Srinivasan. Later, he announced that he would not run for another term as IPL Chairman in view of the current controversies bogging the Board in what is seen as intensifying the pressure on Srinivasan.

Shukla's statement came a day after another BCCI official Jyotiraditya Scindia demanded Srinivasan's resignation in the interest of cricket and in his own interest so that a proper probe could take place.

Two state unit officials -- G Vinod of Hyderabad Cricket Association and Chetan Chauhan of Delhi and District Cricket Association -- also sought Srinivasan's resignation.

Pawar, a former BCCI chief under whom Srinivasan worked as Secretary, made no direct demand for Srinivasan's ouster but claimed that "if I was in this position, this type of nonsense would'nt have happened".

The Union Minister said he was saddened by the scandal surrounding the IPL endorsed former BCCI President Shashank Manohar's suggestion for referring all the matches to a probe agency for ascertaining truth about allegations of spot-fixing.


(PTI)