Corruption in IPL May 25, 2013

Gurunath will be treated objectively - Srinivasan

ESPNcricinfo staff
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BCCI president N Srinivasan has said that the board will treat the case against his son-in-law and top Chennai Super Kings official Gurunath Meiyappan, who was arrested on charges of cheating, forgery and fraud, "objectively and fairly". Srinivasan also aggressively defended his decision not to resign his post, reiterating that he had no reason to quit as president because he had done nothing wrong.

Gurunath, who was produced in a Mumbai court on Saturday afternoon, was charged under 12 sections of three laws - relating to cheating, criminal conspiracy and forgery, among other issues - and returned to police custody till May 29. The laws under which Gurunath was booked include Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, Sections 4 and 5 of the Gambling Act, and Sections 465, 466, 468, 471, 490, 420, 212, 120B and 34 of the Indian Penal Code.*

Srinivasan was speaking from Mumbai, having left Madurai earlier in the day. "The law has to take its course. I am sure that he will defend himself adequately but that is not a reason for me to step down," Srinivasan told NDTV. "I am sorry. I cannot be bulldozed and I will not allow the press or the others to railroad me. I have done nothing wrong.

"Again as far as Mr Gurunath is concerned, whatever steps and action has to be taken, which has been taken in case of anybody else, the same would apply to him. There will be no discrimination or change.

"The fact is the probe will be carried out. Whatever steps have to be taken, will be taken objectively and fairly. That you need not be worried about. You can be sure that BCCI will act with the same alacrity. You need not be concerned about that."

When asked if he was aware of the alleged activities for which Gurunath had been charged, Srinivasan distanced himself from the issue, saying he barely followed the IPL. "I had no knowledge. Everybody knows I hardly visit, I hardly watch a game. In fact, I do not go to the CSK games, I hardly watch the T20. All I can say is that I had no knowledge of anything, which also people will understand because I never went to the games."

With reports emerging that some officials within the BCCI are moving to oust him, Srinivasan said he still had a lot of support within the board. "A lot of BCCI members have already sent me messages of support and how they are with me."

*15.00GMT, May 25: This article has been updated after the details of the charges against Gurunath Meiyappan arrived

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  • Manowara on May 27, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    We in Sri Lanka had great respect to Indian administration as a clean transparent. 1, Few Railway Minister and Police chiefs resigned after incidents. how many Indian government ministers set the example by resigning after found lapses in their administration. That does not mean they do not investigate the incidents to find culprits and punish them. 2, How many millions of Indians would like to go see whats happening in the IPL auctions table. to team meetings and move about with national and international players if they are given opportunity. They are not allowed access to that level. They love the game and no body can say that they are not enthusiastic enough to access the IPL auction and team meetings and move about in CSK dugout. They are not in position to do so because they do not have relation ship with Srinivasan. Mr. Srinivasan, resign and show you are not involved and allow indipendant inquiry.

  • Kirk-at-Lords on May 27, 2013, 4:26 GMT

    Mr N Srinivasan will go down in history as the inevitable apotheosis of excess and ego run riot in Indian cricket. I welcome his resistance to the inevitable. As with Richard Nixon in the USA, it will only add to intensity and power of the lesson that must be learnt. Proper and effective governance of the cricket is the ONLY way out for a sport literally tottering on the brink of decline and utter disaster. Bring on the Cricket Constitutional Convention!

  • Sollace on May 26, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    As per reports, Gurunath lost upto a crore betting. This is more than sufficient to prove that he hasn't done anything to fix a match/spotfix. As per Indian law, its a minor n bailable offense. i dont understand what all this fuss is abt. Especially the furor in certain media wasnt objective. The charges against RR players are more incriminating n conclusive. Even in that case, we have to wait b4 passin any judgement...

  • Pavinasen on May 26, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    I am not sure what this halla loo all about.A top official from the Mumbai police investigation his matter mentioned at at this stage the only evidence they suspect to have against Gurunath is bettings.In most countries sports betting is legal,but in India its not and is considered a minor crime and only implicates the person placing the bets.What I am failing to understand is and I only refer to this incidence on what basis do you implicate the BCCI & the entire management of CSK in this debacle.Is this a ploy to disctract CSK'S performance in the final.After all it was the Mumbai police that are involved in the investigation.On another angle just a thought do you think perhaps someone is paying the police so that the IPL cup can come home.To the players of CSK you go out there and do what you do best,trash the opposition.Do not be disctracted from this side show that wants to steal the limelight.Whistle Podu

  • Ritumax on May 26, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    @Yogi108, he said he hardly watches T20 games and that he never goes to the stadium to watch the CSK games.

  • YogifromNY on May 26, 2013, 2:24 GMT

    Just curious - as BCCI chief and CSK owner, Srinivasan says he is not very interested in cricket? Why is he there then? I am amazed no one's commented on this aspect - that the President of the governing body of cricket in the richest cricket-playing nation on earth says he is not interested in the game. It is appalling!

  • Johnny_129 on May 26, 2013, 2:10 GMT

    I personally feel that Srinivasan should resign IF Gurunath is found guilty. I understand that Srinivasan is not responsible for Gurunath's actions and Srinivasan, himself, may not have done anything wrong BUT there is such a thing as resigning on principles - Srinivasan being a dignified individual (if he indeed is one) should exercise this principle! Gurunath is his son-in-law and there can be little argument that his association with CSK was influenced by Srinivasan - that's just the way things happen in India.

  • Simoc on May 25, 2013, 22:28 GMT

    It seems a little early to speculate although of course that's what punters do. But from a distance it all looks a bit cosy. President of BCCI whose company owns a franchise in the IPL, and a son in law fronts the teams PR. It smacks of the arrogance Indians are renowned for.

  • on May 25, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    Well, if the police charge gurunathan with spot fixing, there is some merit in demanding Srnivasan's resignation. So far, Gurunathan has only been charged under betting and other sections related to forgery which is only a personal offence and has not adversely impacted the match results unlike spot fixing where the outcome of the match is directly impacted. Srinivasan can at least stay on till the initial investigations and charge sheet filing is complete.

  • radicchio on May 25, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    It takes lot for someone to take an objective stance in a situation like this. I appreciate Mr. Srinivasan for taking a firm stance and feel that he should not resign until proven that he has done something illegal.

  • Manowara on May 27, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    We in Sri Lanka had great respect to Indian administration as a clean transparent. 1, Few Railway Minister and Police chiefs resigned after incidents. how many Indian government ministers set the example by resigning after found lapses in their administration. That does not mean they do not investigate the incidents to find culprits and punish them. 2, How many millions of Indians would like to go see whats happening in the IPL auctions table. to team meetings and move about with national and international players if they are given opportunity. They are not allowed access to that level. They love the game and no body can say that they are not enthusiastic enough to access the IPL auction and team meetings and move about in CSK dugout. They are not in position to do so because they do not have relation ship with Srinivasan. Mr. Srinivasan, resign and show you are not involved and allow indipendant inquiry.

  • Kirk-at-Lords on May 27, 2013, 4:26 GMT

    Mr N Srinivasan will go down in history as the inevitable apotheosis of excess and ego run riot in Indian cricket. I welcome his resistance to the inevitable. As with Richard Nixon in the USA, it will only add to intensity and power of the lesson that must be learnt. Proper and effective governance of the cricket is the ONLY way out for a sport literally tottering on the brink of decline and utter disaster. Bring on the Cricket Constitutional Convention!

  • Sollace on May 26, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    As per reports, Gurunath lost upto a crore betting. This is more than sufficient to prove that he hasn't done anything to fix a match/spotfix. As per Indian law, its a minor n bailable offense. i dont understand what all this fuss is abt. Especially the furor in certain media wasnt objective. The charges against RR players are more incriminating n conclusive. Even in that case, we have to wait b4 passin any judgement...

  • Pavinasen on May 26, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    I am not sure what this halla loo all about.A top official from the Mumbai police investigation his matter mentioned at at this stage the only evidence they suspect to have against Gurunath is bettings.In most countries sports betting is legal,but in India its not and is considered a minor crime and only implicates the person placing the bets.What I am failing to understand is and I only refer to this incidence on what basis do you implicate the BCCI & the entire management of CSK in this debacle.Is this a ploy to disctract CSK'S performance in the final.After all it was the Mumbai police that are involved in the investigation.On another angle just a thought do you think perhaps someone is paying the police so that the IPL cup can come home.To the players of CSK you go out there and do what you do best,trash the opposition.Do not be disctracted from this side show that wants to steal the limelight.Whistle Podu

  • Ritumax on May 26, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    @Yogi108, he said he hardly watches T20 games and that he never goes to the stadium to watch the CSK games.

  • YogifromNY on May 26, 2013, 2:24 GMT

    Just curious - as BCCI chief and CSK owner, Srinivasan says he is not very interested in cricket? Why is he there then? I am amazed no one's commented on this aspect - that the President of the governing body of cricket in the richest cricket-playing nation on earth says he is not interested in the game. It is appalling!

  • Johnny_129 on May 26, 2013, 2:10 GMT

    I personally feel that Srinivasan should resign IF Gurunath is found guilty. I understand that Srinivasan is not responsible for Gurunath's actions and Srinivasan, himself, may not have done anything wrong BUT there is such a thing as resigning on principles - Srinivasan being a dignified individual (if he indeed is one) should exercise this principle! Gurunath is his son-in-law and there can be little argument that his association with CSK was influenced by Srinivasan - that's just the way things happen in India.

  • Simoc on May 25, 2013, 22:28 GMT

    It seems a little early to speculate although of course that's what punters do. But from a distance it all looks a bit cosy. President of BCCI whose company owns a franchise in the IPL, and a son in law fronts the teams PR. It smacks of the arrogance Indians are renowned for.

  • on May 25, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    Well, if the police charge gurunathan with spot fixing, there is some merit in demanding Srnivasan's resignation. So far, Gurunathan has only been charged under betting and other sections related to forgery which is only a personal offence and has not adversely impacted the match results unlike spot fixing where the outcome of the match is directly impacted. Srinivasan can at least stay on till the initial investigations and charge sheet filing is complete.

  • radicchio on May 25, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    It takes lot for someone to take an objective stance in a situation like this. I appreciate Mr. Srinivasan for taking a firm stance and feel that he should not resign until proven that he has done something illegal.

  • Nampally on May 25, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    Mr. Srinivasan must step aside till the case against his son in law is decided. That should be mandated on Mr. Srinivasan even though he says no one can force him to retire. Clearly this is a conflict of interest. While the 3 RR Cricketers were used as Pawns, the king lords of this money making rackets are hiding behind many layers of profiteers. After the case against Mr. Mayappan is decided, the position of Mr. Srinivasan as the BCCI President can be decided. Mr. Srinivasan has already been involved in other conflict of interests but did not own to it because of his position & influence. Here the whole Indian Justice system is on trial.

  • jassi2384 on May 25, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    So Mr Srinivasan, If BCCI need to conduct a inquiry and take action against CSK as a franchise how come you are gonaa show that you. will be objective being owner of CSK. You need not resign because you have done anything wrong, you have to resign because there is a conflict of interest. There is corruption from management of a team of which you are owner and you are again the president of board. In fact even before this event you should have resigned from one of the posts as there is a clear conflict of interest.

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  • jassi2384 on May 25, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    So Mr Srinivasan, If BCCI need to conduct a inquiry and take action against CSK as a franchise how come you are gonaa show that you. will be objective being owner of CSK. You need not resign because you have done anything wrong, you have to resign because there is a conflict of interest. There is corruption from management of a team of which you are owner and you are again the president of board. In fact even before this event you should have resigned from one of the posts as there is a clear conflict of interest.

  • Nampally on May 25, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    Mr. Srinivasan must step aside till the case against his son in law is decided. That should be mandated on Mr. Srinivasan even though he says no one can force him to retire. Clearly this is a conflict of interest. While the 3 RR Cricketers were used as Pawns, the king lords of this money making rackets are hiding behind many layers of profiteers. After the case against Mr. Mayappan is decided, the position of Mr. Srinivasan as the BCCI President can be decided. Mr. Srinivasan has already been involved in other conflict of interests but did not own to it because of his position & influence. Here the whole Indian Justice system is on trial.

  • radicchio on May 25, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    It takes lot for someone to take an objective stance in a situation like this. I appreciate Mr. Srinivasan for taking a firm stance and feel that he should not resign until proven that he has done something illegal.

  • on May 25, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    Well, if the police charge gurunathan with spot fixing, there is some merit in demanding Srnivasan's resignation. So far, Gurunathan has only been charged under betting and other sections related to forgery which is only a personal offence and has not adversely impacted the match results unlike spot fixing where the outcome of the match is directly impacted. Srinivasan can at least stay on till the initial investigations and charge sheet filing is complete.

  • Simoc on May 25, 2013, 22:28 GMT

    It seems a little early to speculate although of course that's what punters do. But from a distance it all looks a bit cosy. President of BCCI whose company owns a franchise in the IPL, and a son in law fronts the teams PR. It smacks of the arrogance Indians are renowned for.

  • Johnny_129 on May 26, 2013, 2:10 GMT

    I personally feel that Srinivasan should resign IF Gurunath is found guilty. I understand that Srinivasan is not responsible for Gurunath's actions and Srinivasan, himself, may not have done anything wrong BUT there is such a thing as resigning on principles - Srinivasan being a dignified individual (if he indeed is one) should exercise this principle! Gurunath is his son-in-law and there can be little argument that his association with CSK was influenced by Srinivasan - that's just the way things happen in India.

  • YogifromNY on May 26, 2013, 2:24 GMT

    Just curious - as BCCI chief and CSK owner, Srinivasan says he is not very interested in cricket? Why is he there then? I am amazed no one's commented on this aspect - that the President of the governing body of cricket in the richest cricket-playing nation on earth says he is not interested in the game. It is appalling!

  • Ritumax on May 26, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    @Yogi108, he said he hardly watches T20 games and that he never goes to the stadium to watch the CSK games.

  • Pavinasen on May 26, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    I am not sure what this halla loo all about.A top official from the Mumbai police investigation his matter mentioned at at this stage the only evidence they suspect to have against Gurunath is bettings.In most countries sports betting is legal,but in India its not and is considered a minor crime and only implicates the person placing the bets.What I am failing to understand is and I only refer to this incidence on what basis do you implicate the BCCI & the entire management of CSK in this debacle.Is this a ploy to disctract CSK'S performance in the final.After all it was the Mumbai police that are involved in the investigation.On another angle just a thought do you think perhaps someone is paying the police so that the IPL cup can come home.To the players of CSK you go out there and do what you do best,trash the opposition.Do not be disctracted from this side show that wants to steal the limelight.Whistle Podu

  • Sollace on May 26, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    As per reports, Gurunath lost upto a crore betting. This is more than sufficient to prove that he hasn't done anything to fix a match/spotfix. As per Indian law, its a minor n bailable offense. i dont understand what all this fuss is abt. Especially the furor in certain media wasnt objective. The charges against RR players are more incriminating n conclusive. Even in that case, we have to wait b4 passin any judgement...