N. Srinivasan’s cup of woes seems to be spilling over with the Sports Ministry on Wednesday joining the growing chorus of demand for his resignation as BCCI president, pending inquiry into the ongoing IPL spot-fixing scandal.
After senior Board officials such as IPL chairman, Rajiv Shukla, vice-President, Arun Jaitley and Jyotiraditya Scindia urged him to step aside, the Ministry has also sought his ouster.
“BCCI is inquiring into allegations of match and spot fixing. As there is a conflict of interest in this inquiry, the BCCI president should tender his resignation on moral grounds, pending the outcome of the inquiry,” the Ministry said in a statement.
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.
The Ministry said it is observing the unfolding events “with considerable disquiet” and reiterated its commitment towards a strong anti-corruption law for sports.
“The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is in favour of a law to curb malpractices in all sports. It will send its comments on the bill drafted by the Law Ministry, and is looking forward to working with the Law Ministry and other stakeholders for the development of a comprehensive law against match and spot-fixing,” the statement read.
The Ministry, meanwhile, rejected reports that it was in favour of legalising betting to curb corruption in sports.
“The Ministry of Sports has also observed that a section of the media has reported that it is in favour of a law regularising betting in the sporting events in the country.
“The Ministry clarifies that betting is a State Subject and cannot be part of a Central law. The Ministry has made no recommendations to regularise betting to the Law Ministry or to any other organisation,” it said.