Delhi Police makes Rajasthan Royals player Siddharth Trivedi a witness in IPL spot-fixing case

New Delhi, May 31 (ANI): Delhi Police are speaking to Rajasthan Royals player Siddharth Trivedi in connection with the IPL spot-fixing case.

According to television reports, Trivedi has been made a prosecution witness in the case.

Sources say Siddharth was reportedly offered bribes by bookies, but he refused.

The decision to make him a prosecution witness is being done to make the police case stronger.

It is believed that his deposition will help in making case stronger against the bookies as well as the players.

Meanwhile, the anti-Srinivasan group in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) says Srinivasan's future is likely to be decided in the next 48 hours.

BCCI sources were quoted, as saying that if Srinivasan doesn't step down by then, they will call a special emergency meeting, and probably convince him to step down.

Simultaneously, IPL CEO Sundar Raman has filed a complaint against Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, India Cements and the Rajasthan Royals in a Mumbai court.

The battle against Srinivasan, who has till now brazenly refused to quit as BCCI chief, is finally moving into the final stage with several associations and BCCI functionaries now calling for his ouster.

The latest salvos have been fired by BCCI treasurer Ajay Shirke and former board chief Jagmohan Dalmiya.

Even as calls for Srinivasan to step down grow, he is still calm. As Srinivasan is the elected functionary, at least three-fourths of the 30 full members of the board must vote against him. But that too may not be enough.

To have him removed as the BCCI chief, at least 10 members have to make a written submission to convene a Special General Meeting of the board.

If he manages the support of eight full members, which is the case now, he would stay on. So despite 18 associations wanting him to leave, Srinivasan still has a very good chance of saving his post.

Being the BCCI chief, Srinivasan too has the 31st vote, a casting vote, which, however, would not apply if members were voting to impeach him. The Board also has three associate and as many affiliate members, but they have no voting rights.

Shirke said that he is not in favour of Srinivasan continuing as BCCI chief. "I am not a very senior member of the board to know the previous crisis. In current times this is a serious crisis. I will not hide my decision for too long. I have been considering this for some time now. I cannot be hasty about it. Some people might accuse me that I am running away from the problems. The financial year has ended and audits are on, I consider that as a responsibility. The issue should be discussed among all the members in a proper meeting," said Shirke when asked about the BCCI crisis.

"I have made my position very clearly. When there is a crisis the board meets the governing council. My concern is board image is getting affected. The longer this goes on, the more damage its doing. I am considering the option for sure. I can only act for myself. If there is no unanimity, I don't think I should stay there for long. It's for my own personal comfort," he replied about his decision to quit BCCI if Srinivasan did not step down.

Dalmiya said the time had come for heads to roll and added that if need be, 'masala cricket' like the IPL must stop.

"I am not saying that you take out a small portion from the system and a complete clean up will be achieved. The board needs to sit down, make a committee, make some people come across the table in a committee with some sensible people. In this process if a number of heads roll, let them roll," Dalmiya said. (ANI)


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