New Delhi: Till Tuesday afternoon, he was virtually unknown to the cricket-crazy Indian media. But after his Public Interest Litigation questioning the validity of the independent two-member Indian Premier League probe commission investigating the alleged spot-fixing and betting scandals around BCCI president N. Srinivasan and his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan shook the world's richest and most powerful cricket association, 48-year-old Aditya Verma from Patna is a much sought-after man.
After the Bombay High Court on Tuesday struck down BCCI's panel as "illegal and unconstitutional", Verma flew in to New Delhi on Wednesday evening to file a caveat in the Supreme Court. "If Srinivasan appeals to a higher court, which he surely will, they will have to invite my counsel as well. We will not let him get away easily," Verma said in an exclusive chat with sports.ndtv.com.
Verma is a former junior cricketer and an ex-Tata Steel employee. He is the secretary of the Cricket Association of Bihar, one of the three bodies vying to gain BCCI recognition. Verma runs his family pharmaceutical business in Patna and is known to be close to a very senior BJP MP with Bollywood connections. Excerpts from a telephonic conversation: