India news May 14, 2014

Verma seeks Gavaskar's clarification on Srinivasan


Aditya Verma, the petitioner in the ongoing case in the Supreme Court regarding alleged corruption in the IPL, has written to Sunil Gavaskar, the interim BCCI president (IPL matters), asking for clarification of reports that N Srinivasan was in Ranchi on May 13 at the time of Chennai Super Kings' IPL match against Rajasthan Royals in that city.

Srinivasan has been stood down from his position as BCCI president by the Supreme Court and directed to stay away from board and IPL matters until such time that a suitable probe is conducted into the alleged corruption in the league. The court's directions came while it was hearing a petition filed by Verma, secretary of the unrecognised Cricket Association of Bihar.

In an email written to Gavaskar, Verma has claimed that Srinivasan was in Ranchi and stayed in the same hotel as the Super Kings team. "This is a serious issue, and I want to know whether you are aware of that meeting," Verma has asked Gavaskar. "If you don't know have you taken action against the involved persons?"

It could not be independently verified if Srinivasan was indeed at the hotel. Srinivasan and BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel did not respond to text messages from ESPNcricinfo.

Verma maintains such a visit, if indeed it took place, would be a violation of the court's orders. Even a social visit, or one in his personal capacity, Verma said, would be problematic. "Why does it have to coincide with CSK's match? And shouldn't he then stay away from the team, and not on the same floor of the same hotel as the team?"

Verma has also raised concerns about a recent interview of IPL chairman Ranjib Biswal. On May 3, the New Indian Express quoted Biswal as saying: "Look, Srinivasan has stepped aside, honouring the instruction of the Supreme Court. But overall, he is the president of BCCI. I have to be in touch with him for other aspects. But touch wood, Srinivasan is not interfering at all in any IPL matters."

"It is a violation of the order of the highest court of the country," Verma said in the email written to Gavaskar.

Verma had filed a petition in the Bombay High Court last July questioning the legality of a two-member panel appointed by the BCCI to investigate the allegations against Gurunath Meiyappan, Srinivasan's son-in-law, Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals and one of its co-owners Raj Kundra. The matter is now with the Supreme Court, which will, over the next few weeks, issue an order on the formation of a new panel to look into IPL corruption with revised terms of reference and greater investigative powers.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • vas on May 15, 2014, 19:30 GMT

    India cements is a public ltd company and the company is the owner of CSK. Srinivasan only owns 0.5% of the shares and he is not the owner of CSK. High court judge allowed srinivasan to contest bcci president post after a court case on conflict of interst. Mr AC Muthiah took the conflict of interst case to Supreme Court of india. After prolonged court case with the assistance of lalit modi Mr Muthiah withdrew the case, don't know why? May be Mr Muthiah was losing.

  • Jay on May 15, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    All I can say to Mr. Verma is "cool down sir". Srinivasan hasn't been formally charged by the Supreme Court nor has he been incarcerated. He's still a citizen of India and is free to travel wherever he wants. At this point, the press and Mr. Verma will do anything to gain publicity.

  • V.K. on May 15, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    Aditya Verma is keeping a close watch on Srinivasan indeed! Hope he gets the response from Mr.Gavaskar. ESPN cricinfo texting relevant people for their response is commendable and I can see it is trying not to become a media representative for Mr. Verma. I hope to maintain journalistic integrity, ESPN Cricinfo should also text Mr. Verma and ask him how he is able to afford high profile and really expensive lawyers at the Supreme Court and who is sponsoring him. I hope what he is pursuing now in the courts is truly out of public interest and not out of spite or to do someone else's bidding.

  • David on May 15, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    @ Voice.O.Reason writes "It is his (Mr. Srinivasan's) team, he can do whatever he wants with it. Courts cannot prevent you from exercising your property rights."

    Mr. Srinivasan has repeatedly stated his position that as he only holds a tiny percentage of India Cements stock, he is not the owner of CSK, and that India Cements is the owner. Thus, as BCCI head, there exists no conflict of interest between him and CSK.

  • Vikram on May 15, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    Why is this guy Verma talking logically?

  • Voice on May 15, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    Mr.Verma, relax. The court had asked Srinivasan from being involved with the administration of the IPL. It didn't mean to prevent him from being involved in running his own team.

    It is his team, he can do whatever he wants with it. Courts cannot prevent you from exercising your property rights.

  • Prasanth on May 15, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    @madras_boy ohhhh never knew Srinivasan had played for India lol...

  • Damian on May 15, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    @ madras_boy: Verma is trying his best to do much more than anyone has ever done for INDIAN CRICKET. Blessings to him!!!

  • Senthil on May 15, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    Can anyone clarify what this guy (verma) has done for cricket ??? Has he played cricket or organised matches or funded cricket at any level etc....

  • srinivasan on May 15, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    He is also living in the same country where the probe is taking place. He shouldn`t be in India...We should send him to mars...LOL

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