N. Srinivasan, the under-fire president of the BCCI, has refused to quit from his post and also announced the board’s decision to form an inquiry commission to investigate the alleged involvement of his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan in cricket betting and spot-fixing.
Reiterating that he “has done no wrong”, Srinivasan accused the national media of instigating a witch-hunt against him. He also denied that the BCCI is split about him continuing as the board president.
“The reports of a revolt in the BCCI are untrue,” he said at a press conference in Kolkata. “There is unity in the BCCI. I was not asked to resign. My support is complete. I intent to continue doing my duties at the BCCI.”
He said that an independent commission will be formed to investigate the activities of Meiyappan, the team principal of the Chennai Super Kings who was sacked by the team and suspended by the BCCI. He said the investigation would be “without fear or favour” and players, officials and teams found guilty would be punished.
Srinivasan continued to assert that Meiyappan wasn't the team owner or the team principal, saying he was present with the Chennai team because he was "enthusiastic." He refused to explain Meiyappan's role in the team management.
He reiterated he was attending the conference as the BCCI president, and that he would not be part of the inquiry commission nor would he be part of "its appointments, deliberations or decision." He said the commission would be headed by one person independent of the BCCI. Two more people would be part of the panel: they would be selected from among vice president Rajiv Shukla, Arun Jaitley, Ajay Shirke, Ravi Shastri and secretary Sanjay Jagdale.
He added his “trial by media” over the last few days was “difficult.”
“The last few days have been difficult for the BCCI and for me as the president,” he said. “Particularly difficult for me as a father and father-in-law.”
MEIYAPPAN SUSPENDED BY BCCI
After being arrested for his alleged involvement in the spot-fixing scandal, Chennai Super Kings’ team principal Meiyappan has been suspended from all cricketing activities by the BCCI.
"The BCCI has taken note of the detention by the Mumbai police of Gurunath Meiyappan, who is a member of the team management of Chennai Super Kings," BCCI Secretary Sanjay Jagdale said in a statement.
“As an accredited team official, Mr Meiyappan is subject to the provisions of the IPL Operational Rules and the BCCI Anti-Corruption Code for Participants”, in a statement made available to PTI.
"Pending further investigations and any subsequent hearing by the BCCI Disciplinary Committee or the IPL Code of Behaviour Committee, Mr Meiyappan has been suspended by the BCCI from any involvement in the sport of cricket and in particular from any involvement with the Chennai Super Kings team," he added.
Meiyappan, who is BCCI President N.Srinivasan’s son-in-law has been remanded to police custody till May 29.
MEIYAPPAN LEAKED TEAM STRATEGY: POLICE
Times Now is reporting that Meiyappan allegedly shared match strategy information with Vindoo because he was trying to recover money lost in various bets.
According to media reports, Meiyappan lost Rs. 1 crore in his bets after which he was convinced by Vindoo to share team information to recover his money.
CUSTODY EXTENDED [Link]
Arrested cricketers S. Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and two bookies were remanded to two more days of police custody by a Delhi court.
Metropolitan Magistrate Anuj Agagrwal sent Sreesanth, Chandila and two arrested bookies Chandresh Patel and Ashwani alias Tipu to police custody till May 28 after special cell of Delhi Police said their custodial interrogation was required to extract more details about the spot-fixing scandal.
The court rejected the police’s plea seeking two more days of interrogation of arrested accused Babu Rao Yadav, a former Ranji player, and remanded him to judicial custody till June 4.
Cricketer Ankeet Chavan and three more bookies — Jiju Janardhan, Deepak Kumar and Manan Bhat — were also sent to judicial custody till June 4 by the court after the police said they were no more required for any further custodial interrogation. These nine accused were produced before the court after expiry of their five days of police custody.
MEIYAPPAN'S GAMBLING BEGAN IN SCHOOL [Link]
Meiyappan's innings with betting goes a long way-since his school days. Schoolmates remember Gurunath (38), a student of Don Bosco Chennai, as someone who not only loved to place a stake on cricket and snooker matches. He was also an "ultra-competitive" sportsman, said a former Don Bosco student.
"He came from a very rich and illustrious family. In those days, he would generally bet between Rs. 100 to 500, but only on sports," says a schoolmate.
He was a regular feature of the cricket team of Don Bosco's Falcon House and also loved snooker. "He not only put bet on his own performance but also on other players. Once I remember that he was betting which pocket of the snooker table will have maximum balls," said a friend.
FOOTAGE SHOWS RAJASTHAN PLAYERS MEETING BOOKIES
Times Now has CCTV footage of S. Sreesanth and Ankit Chavan and Jiju Janardhan meeting a bookie at their Chandigarh team hotel on May 9. This was after a game against Kings XI Punjab that Rajasthan had won.
MEIYAPPAN'S HOUSE RAIDED [Link]
A Mumbai Police team Sunday raided Meiyappan's house. A Mumbai court Saturday sent Meiyappan to police custody till May 29 in connection with the raging spot fixing scam in Indian cricket.
SREESANTH'S FAMILY VISITS HIM
The mother and sister of Sreesanth met him in police custody Saturday evening, police sources said.
Sreesanth's mother Savitri Devi, and sister Nivedita met the cricketer at the Delhi Police special cell in Lodhi Colony, where the cricketer is being kept, the sources said.
The three hugged each other, and cried. Savitri Devi wished that her son is released soon.
The Rajasthan Royals team was rocked by the spot fixing scandal after Delhi Police arrested their three players Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan and 11 bookies in a post-midnight operation in Delhi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad May 16.
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