New Delhi, May 25 (ANI): Janata Party president and activist lawyer Subramanian Swamy on Saturday had a another take on the current spot fixing episode dogging the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), saying that Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president N. Srinivasan should not be the only person asked to resign.
Giving a political twist to the IPL episode, Swamy questioned as to why only Srinivasan should be asked to resign, as there were many others in greater positions of authority who needed to do the same.
"If a person is to step down due to the act of his son-in -law without any proper evidence, then there are so many people who are to do this," Swamy said.
"When you didn't ask Sonia Gandhi to resign for Robert Vadra (her son-in-law), then why him (Srinivasan)," Swamy asked.
He also questioned the locus standi of Sahara Group chief Subroto Roy in asking for Srinivasan's resignation, when he himself is headed towards jail for allegedly siphoning off Rs.24.000 crores of investor money through his various companies and related schemes.
"Interrogation doesn't make anyone guilty. As a person who has played cricket, I have long been concerned about the influence of Dubai dons (read Dawood Ibrahim) on the game. Bombay is always considered the hub of cricket. I think it is better that Srinivasan holds a press conference and tells the people how he was pressured into listening to the dons of Dubai," said Swamy.
"Match fixing is all over the world. A commission of enquiry should be set up by the Prime Minister to be headed by a Supreme Court judge," the Janata Party president said.
In Kanpur, Samajwadi Party leader Ram Asrey Kushwaha said corruption, betting and spot fixing have become a habit with Indians, and there was an urgent need to crack down on elements promoting or indulging in such activities.
"We have started to take all this as a habit. It is very unfortunate and shameful. Strict action should be taken against these kinds of people. When it comes to issues like this, then it is generally people who are well known who are involved," Kushwaha said.
"It is the same like the issue of the law minister (Ashwani Kumar) and railway minister (Pawan Kumar Bansal) on corruption. He (Srinivasan) should resign on moral grounds," Kushwaha added.
In Vadodara, former BCCI secretary Jaywant Lele also endorsed the view that Srinivasan should resign on moral grounds.
"I think he should resign and should not have second thoughts about it. Betting should be legalised, and if someone breaks the law, he must be punished," Lele added.
"At least it is good that government will make some new laws due to this incident, though making laws will not stop people from doing what they want to do," the former BCCI official said.
Indian Olympic Association vice-president Tarlochan Singh also said that it would be in the best interest of sport and cricket in particular if Srinivasan submitted his resignation as BCCI president.
"When it comes to the public mind that a person is wrong, then no one can help. Crime has never stopped and making laws will also not help. I think he (Srinivasan) should take the call, take lead and show confidence among the people," Singh said.
"We should have some moral changes within us, because only making new laws will not change anything," he added.
In Madhya Pradesh capital Bhopal, Sachin Kumar Rai said: "Basically we watch sports and we want it to be fair, as there is a lot of emotion involved. It was very shocking to hear Sreesanth's name (linked with spot fixing). I don't understand how people can sell cricket for money. Why don't they do business instead?
Anadi Mishra , another local resident of Bhopal, said: "I want it to be strict, as 90 per cent of the people are into cricket. It is a very serious profession. The law should be very strict for them. It is shocking that people from the BCCI are themselves involved in all this." (ANI)