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IPL fixing scandal: Supreme Court asks N Srinivasan to step down for fair probe

 

The Supreme Court stated that BCCI president N Srinivasan must step down as the president of the cricketing body if a fair investigation has to be carried into the IPL spot fixing and gambling scandal.

“Why should he stick? In our opinion, he has to step down as the president. No fair investigation is possible unless he steps down. The man at the top must go,” said a bench of Justices A K Patnaik and FMI Kalifulla.

The bench further stated that the sealed cover submitted along with Justice Mudgal panel report authenticated all the accusations against Srinivasan, “Either you take a decision or we will pass a verdict,” said the bench.

The matter will be considered on Thursday (27th Mar) when the BCCI is going to take a firm decision on Srinivasan’s moving away. Previously the court had appointed a panel to decide on Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Maiyeppan, who was found guilty of betting in the IPL cheating case. The bench had made recommendation towards reforms in the governing body.

BCCI president N Srinivasan on the decision on the Supreme Court will have to step down for a free and fair probe in the betting and spot fixing scandal involving his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan and some other cricketers, failing which it would pass an order.

After going through the contents of a report filed in a sealed cover by apex court-appointed probe panel into the scandal, a bench headed by Justice A K Patnaik said there are "very very serious" allegations made in the report and unless the BCCI president steps down, no fair probe can be conducted.

The contents of the report, which also brought to light the role of six India players in IPL betting and spot-fixing scandal, cannot be revealed in open court and asked BCCI counsel to go through certain paragraphs of it.

"See and go through the report to get to know the seriousness of the allegations but not as an advocate of Srinivasan or BCCI," the bench said.

It states that the gist of the report is such that the allegations have to be probed and asked the BCCI counsel to take instructions.

During the hearing, BCCI had asked the court not to disclose the contents and names of players mentioned in the report. 

 

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