The Supreme Court has asked N. Srinivasan to step down as BCCI president to ensure a fair probe of the Indian Premier League fixing and betting scandal. Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, who was a team official of Chennai Super Kings, has been indicted by a Supreme Court appointed inquiry committee of betting and sharing team information. (Top-10 developments in the case)
"In our opinion, Srinivasan has to step down for a fair investigation into the allegation of betting," said Justice A.K. Patnaik in the course of the hearing the Justice Mukul Mudgal report that went into the allegations of betting and spot fixing in the IPL. "It's nauseating that N. Srinivasan continued as BCCI chief, he should go if cricket has to be cleaned," the court said. Meanwhile, Srinivasan has refused to comment on the issue, saying he will "study the court observations". The case will come up for hearing again on March 27. (Pressure on Srinivasan mounts as three vice presidents ask him to resign)
As senior counsel C.A. Sundaram sought to defend BCCI, Justice Patnaik said: "We will show the papers. You see it and tell us as a counsel about your opinion and not as a paid counsel for Srinivasan."