SC blasts Srinivasan, bats for Gavaskar as chief

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In a major blow to controversial BCCI president N Srini­vasan, the Supr­eme Court on Thursday proposed that former India captain Sunil Gavaskar or an experienced cricketer like him could take over as the interim president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The apex court also proposed that the two teams — Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals — should not be part of the seventh season of IPL that is set to begin in the UAE on April 16 as they face cha­rges in the spot-fixing and betting scandal.

A bench headed by Justice A K Patnaik also proposed that no one associated with Srinivasan’s company India Cements should be part of the BCCI. Srinivasan is the managing director of Indian Cements, which also owns the Chennai Super Kings team and MS Dhoni is a vice-president.

The court has asked the board to reply to its proposals on Friday, when it will pass an order on the spot-fixing and betting scam case. Board lawyers were busy preparing their arguments to be made before the top court resumes hearing on the IPL fixing and betting scandal on Friday at 10.30 am. They are also expected to name Anil Kumble, who was secretary of the Karnataka State Cricket Association for a few years, for the interim post of president.

The court had said Tuesday that N Srinivasan should step down as BCCI president to ensure a fair inquiry into the IPL betting and match-fixing scandal and had given the board two days to respond. The two-judge bench, also comprising Justice FM Ibrahim Kalifulla, slammed what it termed Srinivasan’s "nauseating" refusal to resign while allegations of illegal betting and spot-fixing involving his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan an official of the CSK, are being investigated.

On Thursday, the BCCI offered that Srinivasan could "step aside" while a time-bound inquiry was conducted in the case. It also appealed that Srinivasan be allowed to take over as the International Cricket Council’s first chairman of the Executive Committee in July.

Harish Salve, who is representing petitioner Cricket Association of Bihar, sought a criminal investigation into spot-fixing allegations and petitioned that the Chennai Super Kings team should be terminated. Salve attacked India captain Mahinder Singh Dhoni, accusing him of being “guilty of corrupt practice” by lying before the Mudgal Committee on the role of the BCCI President’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan in CSK. The apex court, however, said that at this moment it was not going to remove anybody and the matches of IPL7 will go on.


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