IPL scam: SC admonishes Srinivasan, moots high-powered panel to suggest measures for cleansing Cricket

Former BCCI chief N Srinivasan, Gurunath Meiyappan

New Delhi, Dec 9: The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that maintaining the “purity” of cricket was utmost important for it and hinted at setting up a high-powered committee to suggest measures for cleansing the game hit by allegations of betting and spot-fixing.

The apex court  also kept the pressure on former BCCI chief N Srinivasan in the IPL spot-fixing and betting case as it objected to him attending Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) meetings despite stepping aside as cricket administrator.

Srinivasan reportedly admitted to his mistake and told the court that he should not have taken part in the TNCA meetings.

The apex court also directed Srinivasan that immediate action should be taken against Gurunath Meiyappan and felt the best way to ensure this would be to keep the BCCI President-in-exile out of it.

The SC reportedly recommended three options to Srinivasan’s counsel to proceed further in the matter.

Option 1: Resume with BCCI elections without Srinivasan and constitute a new BCCI body to decide over the matter.

Option 2: Constitute a body of BCCI governing council members to decide over the matter.

Option 3: `Constitute a committee of former judges that will take decision on the impending BCCI elections as well as other matters.

Srinivasan’s counsel inquired with the SC if any other options other than three suggested by it could be explored, to which the court responded by setting a deadline of IST 2:00 pm for Srinivasan’s legal team to come up with an alternative.

The court got tough on Srinivasan as it asked him whether his 400 crore investment in purchasing IPL team was love for cricket or business?

Srinivasan’s lawyer provides options to SC

When the court resumed hearing in the later half of the day, Srinivasan’s lawyer put forth five options before the SC to decide on the next course of action or punishment to those found guilty in connection with the IPL spot fixing and betting case.

According to reports, the five options submitted by the lawyer are:

First, that the BCCI’s internal disciplinary committee may look after the issue.

Second, that the BCCI may nominate a committee of two independent experts.

Third, that the apex court may appoint a disciplinary committee.

Fourth, that the Supreme Court may appoint a committee of two judicial officers.

Fifth, that the Justice Mudgal Committee itself may decide on the course of action or punishment.

Last month, the court had questioned the BCCI as to why IPL franchise CSK shouldn’t be disqualified from the IPL and asked them to act immediately on the Justice (Retd) Mukul Mudgal report.

The court had also said that BCCI elections should go ahead, but directed that all board members who are under investigation to keep away. It further asked the body if there was any provision in its constitution to debar Srinivasan from contesting the BCCI polls in future.

(With Agency Inputs)

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