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Srinivasan asked to stay away pending inquiry: Shukla

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BCCI president N. Srinivasan with IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla. File photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar
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BCCI president N. Srinivasan with IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla. File photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Beleaguered Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) president N Srinivasan on Wednesday found himself under intense pressure to quit after two BCCI heavyweights, IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla and the 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, Mr. Shukla and Mr. Jaitley joined forces to create pressure on Mr. 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,” Mr. Shukla told reporters after meeting Mr. Jaitley here.

Ever since the scandal broke out, Mr. Srinivasan has shown defiance, refusing to quit and insisting that his resignation is only being sought by a “hounding media”.

Mr. Srinivasan’s son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings CEO Gurunath Meiyappan has been arrested by the Mumbai Police for alleged involvement in betting.

'Probe will be fair'

Mr. Shukla said the three-member inquiry committee, which is probing Mr. 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.

“A probe committee has been made and we wanted majority of them to be outsiders, that’s why we have brought in two judges. We have suggested the report should not go to the BCCI, the findings should be recommended as it is. This is what we want,” Mr. Shukla said.

“We want an impartial probe and all the guilty should be strictly punished. We are waiting for the probe report now,” he added.

Justice T Jayaram Chouta, former Judge of the Karnataka and Madras High Courts, Justice R Balasubramanian, former Judge of the Madras High Court, and BCCI Secretary Sanjay Jagdale are members of the Commission.

Jaitley's consent?

“We have spoken to all Board members and we spoke about the Board’s image and the cricket’s image as well. We discussed all issues,” said Mr. Shukla when asked what exactly he discussed with Mr. Jaitley in the meeting on Wednesday.

Today’s development marks a significant shift in the Board’s stand on the raging controversy.

Both Mr. Shukla and Mr. Jaitley had never come on record to call for Mr. Srinivasan’s ouster, raising speculation that they may have come under some pressure in the wake of media’s continued focus on the controversy.

With three BCCI office-bearers, all of whom political bigwigs, seeking Mr. Srinivasan’s temporary ouster, it will be interesting to see what stand the Tamil Nadu strongman will take.

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Or is it that, all these people are making fun of public ! With all fixing around, how can we sure that there is no fixing in these recent developments ?!

from:  Divakar Pai
Posted on: May 29, 2013 at 15:34 IST

There is no doubt about ability of today's media in creating, biasing and
influencing public opinion. It can make or mar the career of a politician by
selective and biased coverage.The politician needs the backing of the media to
reach his voters in the initial stages. But, once a politician is able to reach a stature
of his own,he does not need the media. On the other hand,it is the media which
needs him.This is equally true about events which occur like tsunami, where media
has not much role in influencing people such as spontaneous voice for Mr N
Srinivasan's ouster,despite "stalwarts" remaining mum at BCCI meeting and Mr
Srinivasan proudly saying not a single member had sought his resignation. It is
entirely to the credit of Mr Jyotiraditya Scindia for his direct call on monday asking
Mr Srinivasan to step aside till his son-in-law is absolved that Mr Arun Jaitley and
Rajeev Shukla have now come out with similar demands. Surely, they can't blame
media for their changed stand.

from:  KS Raghunathan
Posted on: May 29, 2013 at 14:40 IST

Recently one of the cricket covering websites posted Gurunath's Twitter
card, photographs as evidence to his link to CSK. Except perhaps for the
fact that Twitter info may have been modified all the photographs show a
period from 2008 - 2012. Not even one photograph relating to his 2013
stint with CSK. Is it just that no photo available or no connection
whatsoever between Gurunath and CSK in 2013?

from:  Ayyappan
Posted on: May 29, 2013 at 14:21 IST

Why doesn't Rajiv Shukla take the moral responsibility on himself and resign? In fact he is the IPL chairman and should be accountable for governing and managing IPL tournament. Doesn't he have any responsibility towards IPL? The first in the line of those heads to roll in this incident which has tarnished the image of cricket is Rajiv Shukla, then comes BCCI president. He is also known to be close to KKR owner and MI owners (Shukla's multiple interests?). That makes even more a stronger case for him to be probed for a fair investigation in to this entire mess.

from:  Raghavendra Bhat
Posted on: May 29, 2013 at 14:20 IST

Former railway minister Pawan Bansal had to resign because his nephew (prima facie) took bribe. Arun Jaitley and the BJP were up in arms against Bansal!! Now that Srinivasan's son-in-law is (prima facie) involved in betting and cheating on the game why is Jaitley mute despite being a honcho in the BCCI? At least Scindhia has the guts to call a spade a spade!

(P.S. from a cricket fan's perspective, the silence of all the former cricketers worth the name - apart from one or two exceptions - suggests that almost the entire IPL is a got up entertainment - just like the WWE wrestling)!!!

from:  routh
Posted on: May 29, 2013 at 14:20 IST

Why in this case everybody is against media. One must feel shy when his
near relative is prominent in the scandal and should resign voluntarily
to make proceedings legally correct. Media represents the public
outcry. The other dignitaries on the board are right but why bring
pressure for his resignation but can give a notice to that extent.

from:  VINOD
Posted on: May 29, 2013 at 13:39 IST

Most voices of opposition show media and image as the reason. That is a evidence that, India listens to Media - TV News, News papers. If a prominent News channel decides against a person, India listens. This is true in Western countries. That sounds dangerous. Media is neither a judiciary nor an investigative organization. News Channels and News papers are journalist organizations.

from:  Rajesh
Posted on: May 29, 2013 at 13:16 IST
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