New Delhi: Beleaguered BCCI President N. Srinivasan today found himself under intense pressure to quit after two BCCI heavyweights, IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla and Board Vice-President Arun Jaitley, asked him to “stay away” till investigations against his son-in-law were completed in the IPL spot-fixing scandal.
A day after senior Board functionary Jyotiraditya Scindia raised the first voice of dissent, Shukla and Jaitley joined forces to create pressure on Srinivasan to stay away for the sake of Indian cricket’s image.
It also indicated a hardening of stand among some of the key members of the Board who are active politicians and could prompt others to make similar demands.
“He is an elected President. We are of the view, even Mr Jaitley feels so, that it would be good if he stays away from this procedure. We have made this suggestion and the decision on this matter is up to him. He has told us that he is not at fault and why should he be punished,” Shukla told reporters after meeting Jaitley here.
Ever since the scandal broke out, Srinivasan has shown defiance, refusing to quit and insisting that his resignation is only being sought by a “hounding media”.
Srinivasan’s son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings CEO Gurunath Meiyappan has been arrested by the Mumbai Police for alleged involvement in betting.
Shukla said the three-member inquiry committee, which is probing Meiyappan and the allegations against three Rajasthan Royals players and its franchise as well as the Chennai Super Kings, would be fair and its report should be implemented without consulting the BCCI.
Keywords: IPL spot-fixing, BCCI, Rajiv Shukla, Arun Jaitley, Chennai Super Kings, Gurunath Meiyappan, N. Srinivasan, cricket betting, cricket, Jyotiraditya Scindia.