Srini will maintain ‘arms length distance’ from probe: Jaitley
New Delhi: Senior BJP leader and BCCI Vice President Arun Jaitley on Sunday said N Srinivasan will maintain an "arms length distance" from the probe against his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan in the IPL-6 betting charges.
"There will be an enquiry which will be on, the charges being criminal will be investigated. There are no charges against him (Srinivasan). We are not going into this matter.
Now, if you step aside and discharge no function, then you maintain a complete arms length distance from the cricket administration which he has to maintain," said Jaitley.
Bowing to all-round pressure, Srinivasan today agreed to "step aside" as BCCI President under a compromise formula that brought back former Chief Jagmohan Dalmiya as head of a four-member "interim arrangement", more than a fortnight after the spot-fixing scandal rocked Indian cricket.
"Srinivisan will be at arms length distance till such time the enquiry is over. The entire administration will be run by the Working Committee of the Board. Mr Dalmiya will get decisions ratified by the Working Committee of the Board. The committee will run the day-to-day affairs of the BCCI," Jaitley told 'Times Now'.
Jaitley said the decision taken by the Working Committee in Chennai will help the BCCI restore its lost credibility.
"I had shared the unease of every cricket lover in the last two weeks. Under this management, at least you will have a Board with some credibility and since the Board has taken this decision, I thought we must give it a chance.
"In September, the BCCI will have its elections. The probe into the matter (spot-fixing and betting) will also take place. Mr Dalmiya is an arrangement, he has to continue till such time this probe goes on," he said.
Jaitley said his name was also suggested by some members of the Emergent Working Committee for the job but he refused the offer citing political commitments.
"There were several suggestions which were made, some members suggested my name, which I was unwilling to take because I am occupied somewhere else. I thought it was only fair that two of the people which I suggested who I thought bear this responsibility — one of course Shashank Manohar because he has impeccable credentials."