SC will pass its own verdict if Srinivasan does not step down: Aditya Verma

New Delhi, Mar.25: Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) Secretary Aditya Verma, who filed a PIL against BCCI president N.Srinivasan on Tuesday, said the Supreme Court clarified that if the latter did not step down from his post, no fair investigation could take place in the IPL spot fixing case.

“The Supreme Court has said that they would not like to damage the president, but if Srinivasan does not step down, no fair investigation can take place,” said Verma.

“The apex court also said that if Srinivasan did not step down from his post the court would pass whatever verdict it thought was appropriate,” he said.

Earlier in the day, SC asked N.Srinivasan to consider stepping down to facilitate a fair probe into the spot fixing scandal that hit the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) last year.

Setting the next date of the hearing of the case for Thursday (March 27), the apex court observed that a fair probe would only be possible if Srinivasan steps down from his post.

The Supreme Court made its observation on reports submitted to it by a probe panel headed by retired Justice Mukul Mudgal.

Justice Mukul Mudgal and his team – including L. Nageswara Rao and Nilay Dutta – had submitted their probe panel report on February 10. The Mudgal committee submitted two reports to the Supreme Court on February 10.

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.

A two-member Supreme Court bench comprising Justice A.K. Patnaik and Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla heard the details of the inquiry reports submitted by the Justice Mukul Mudgal committee on betting and match-fixing in Indian Premier League 2013.

The BCCI, which supports Dutta’s comments, now wants the Supreme Court to let it start fresh disciplinary proceedings against Gurunath and Chennai Super Kings under the IPL franchise rules.A bench headed by Justice A.K. Patnaik had said on March 7 that the case would be heard on a non-miscellaneous day as the hearing would take time. (ANI)