The Supreme Court has asked BCCI chief N Srinivasan to step down to enable a free and fair probe into the IPL betting and spot-fixing scandal involving his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan and some cricketers. Coming down heavily on Srinivasan, the Supreme Court has asked him to step down, else it would pass an order.
After going through a report a sealed cover by a court-appointed probe panel, the court called the allegations “very, very serious”. “In our opinion, Srinivasan has to step down if a proper probe is to be done in the case,” the bench said. The court further added that unless the BCCI President stepped down, no fair investigation was possible.
The role of Gurunath Meiyappan in CSK as the team prinicipal stands proved and the betting and information-sharing allegations against Meiyappan stand proved, as per the panel's report.
The panel had gone into the suspected involvement of 6 India-capped players in fixing and betting allegations by the Rajasthan Royals owners. In its report, it has named six prominent “Indian capped” players, including one who is part of the current team.
Under the Franchise Agreement and IPL’s anti-corruption code, CSK faces disciplinary action, including ban a on the Team Principal, for bringing disrepute to the game. The committee has opnied that the evidence clearly indicated that Meiyappan was the CSK boss, while rejecting Srinivasan's contention that he was just a cricket enthusiast.