A Supreme Court hearing on the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing and betting scandal will once again take centre stage on Wednesday and looks set to overshadow the opening match of seventh season of IPL between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi later in the day.
The apex court, through an interim order on March 28, has already removed N Srinivasan as BCCI chief. On the basis of a probe report submitted by former justice Mukul Mudgal and his team on February 10, a two-judge bench suspended Srinivasan for a fair probe into the IPL scandal. Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan has been charged with betting and sharing team information during his stint as the Team Principal of India Cements-owned Chennai Super Kings.
With Srinivasan on Tuesday filing an affidavit challenging the SC's interim order that axed him and appointed former India Test players Sunil Gavaskar and Shivlal Yadav as interim heads of the BCCI, Srinivasan has now urged the court to review its interim order and reinstate him as BCCI chief until his tenure was over in September this year.
In his affidavit, Srinivasan said, "To the best of my knowledge, there are no audio tapes of conversations between Mr. Vindoo Dara Singh and Mr. Gurunath Meiyappan available in public domain. The report of the Probe Committee has not enclosed any such audio tapes. I am not aware if the sealed envelope submitted to this Hon'ble Court by the Probe Committee contains such material but I am advised that such recordings would be part of the charge-sheet filed by Mumbai Police in the court of Additional metropolitan Magistrate, 37thCourt Esplanade Mumbai. Therefore, there is absolutely no possibility of anyone being in possession of such audio recording, much less the petitioner."
Srinivasan added that vested interests were behind the petitioner [Aditya Verma of the Bihar Cricket Association]. He also slammed suspended IPS officer G Sampath Kumar for making unsubstantiated allegations against him.