Live: I am not resigning, says BCCI Vice President Chitrak Mitra

Updated: May 31, 2013, 11:49 AM IST
Live: I am not resigning, says BCCI Vice President Chitrak Mitra

New Delhi: 10.50 pm: Amidst reports that all the BCCI vice presidents are going to resign, one of them, Chitrak Mitra, says he is not going to put in his papers.

9.40 pm: Ankeet Chavan released from Tihar jail a day after a court granted him bail to solemnise his marriage.

9.01 pm: Sources say that all BCCI office-bearers may resign by tonight.

8.26 pm: Ajay Shirke resigns as BCCI Treasurer. Within minutes, Sanjay Jagdale resigns as BCCI Secretary.

6.36 pm: Sources say BCCI president N Srinivasan could announce the date of the governing body meet on Saturday.

6.31 pm: The Tamil Nadu CB-CID raids Vikram Aggarwal's Radisson Blu hotel and Fortune Select Palms hotel in Chennai.

6.01 pm: BCCI chief N Srinivasan denies being in the know of any ICC warning about Meiyappan. "I have not received any information from the ICC," he tells CNN-IBN.

4.42 pm: Hyderabad Cricket Associate chief G Vinod, while reacting to the reports that ICC had warned BCCI about Meiyappan's involvement in betting, says, "The ICC must have shared the information with the BCCI chief (N Srinivasan) and the secretary."

2:27 pm: BCCI Joint Secretary Anurag Thakur has said there is a need to convene a meeting of he board to discuss the IPL crisis. He said the members have spoken to BCCI President N Srinivasan and requested him to convene a meeting at the earliest. "All the issues will be discussed at the board meeting. We have spoken to the Secretary and the President that a board meeting be called in at the earliest to discuss all the isses," he said.

2:11 pm: Sources say Rajasthan Royals player Siddharth Trivedi told the police that he has information about all four bookie rings, many of whom are in custody. Trivedi reportedly told the police about a group of friends including foreign players who partied together where bookies were active.

1:55 pm: The custody of actor Vindoo Dara Singh and BCCI chief N Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan has been extended till June 3 in the IPL betting and spot-fixing case. The Mumbai Police argued that further custody is necessary to complete their investigations at a Mumbai court where they had been produced on Friday. The Mumbai Police say they confronted Meiyappan with the contents of his diary. The diary contains notations of several meetings.

1:09 pm: Sources say two foreign players were also approached by the bookies, they also refused.

1:00 pm: The Delhi Police is speaking to Rajasthan Royals player Siddharth Trivedi in connection with the IPL spot-fixing case. Trivedi has been made a prosecution witness in the case. Sources say Siddharth was offered bribe by bookies but he refused. This is being done to make the police case stronger. His deposition will help in making case stronger against the bookies as well as the players.

12:37 pm: Chennai hotelier Vikram Aggarwal, who had been untraceable, has finally appeared at the Mumbai crime branch for questioning.

12:08 pm: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said that sports and politics should not get mixed up. Speaking on the IPL crisis, Manmohan Singh said, "It's not prudent to comment while investigations are underway. I hope that sport doesn't get mixed up with politics."

11:57 am: The anti-Srinivasan group in the BCCI says Srinivasan's future is likely to be decided in the next 48 hours, according to sources. BCCI sources say if Srinivasan doesn't step down by then, they will call a special emergency meeting.

11:52 am: Sachin Tendulkar has finally broken his silence on the IPL spot-fixing scandal. "Developments in the last two weeks have been shocking and disappointing. It always hurts me when game of cricket is in news for wrong reasons," said Tendulkar.

11:44 am: IPL CEO Sundar Raman has filed a complaint against Gurunath Meiyappan, India Cements and the Rajasthan Royals in a Mumbai court. Meanwhile, even as the split in the BCCI ranks over the continuation of N Srinivasan as the cricket board chief is wide open, the police investigations into the IPL betting and spot-fixing cases is reaching a crucial stage.

The Tamil Nadu Police is likely to issue a lookout notice against absconding hotelier Vikram Aggarwal to stop him from fleeing the country. The Tamil Nadu Police is also likely to seek a non-bailable warrant against Aggarwal in the IPL betting case.

The Mumbai Police had summoned Aggarwal for questioning on Friday over betting links with BCCI chief N Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan. Aggarwal, however, continues to remains untraceable after his anticipatory bail plea got rejected by the Madras High Court.

The battle against Srinivasan, who has till now brazenly refused to quit as BCCI chief, is finally moving into the final stage with several associations and BCCI functionaries now calling for his ouster. The latest salvos have been fired by BCCI treasurer Ajay Shirke and former board chief Jagmohan Dalmiya.

Even as calls for Srinivasan to step down grow, he is still calm. As Srinivasan is the elected functionary, at least three-fourths of the 30 full members of the board must vote against him. But that too may not be enough. To have him removed as the BCCI chief, at least 10 members have to make a written submission to convene a Special General Meeting of the board.

If he manages the support of eight full members, which is the case now, he would stay on. So despite 18 associations wanting him to leave, Srinivasan still has a very good chance of saving his post.

Being the BCCI chief, Srinivasan too has the 31st vote, a casting vote, which, however, would not apply if members were voting to impeach him. The Board also has three associate and as many affiliate members, but they have no voting rights.

Shirke said that he is not in favour of Srinivasan continuing as BCCI chief. "I am not a very senior member of the board to know the previous crisis. In current times this is a serious crisis. I will not hide my decision for too long. I have been considering this for some time now. I cannot be hasty about it. Some people might accuse me that I am running away from the problems. The financial year has ended and audits are on, I consider that as a responsibility. The issue should be discussed among all the members in a proper meeting," said Shirke when asked about the BCCI crisis.

"I have made my position very clearly. When there is a crisis the board meets the governing council. Media trial could be brought to a halt. I am not talking about impeachment issue at all. Srinivasan has made his position clear that he has done no wrong and therefore he will not step down. I have had no discussions on numbers. My concern is board image is getting affected. The longer this goes on, the more damage its doing. I am considering the option for sure. I can only act for myself. If there is no unanimity, I don't think I should stay there for long. It's for my own personal comfort," he replied about his decision to quit BCCI if Srinivasan did not step down.

Dalmiya said the time had come for heads to roll and added that if need be, 'masala cricket' like the IPL must stop.

"I am not saying that you take out a small portion from the system and a complete clean up will be achieved. The board needs to sit down, make a committee, make some people come across the table in a committee with some sensible people. In this process if a number of heads roll, let them roll," Dalmiya said.

(With additional information from PTI)

First Published: May 31, 2013, 11:49 AM IST

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