Monday, July 29, 2013

Srinivasan return to BCCI chief?

A probe controlled by India cricket chiefs into a betting scandal in the Indian Premier League has found no wrongdoing, allowing the return of BCCI president N. Srinivasan, a source told AFP on Monday.

Srinivasan stepped aside for the moment as president of the BCCI on June 2 after his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan was arrested, and later released on bail, over alleged links to illegal bookmakers.

Meiyappan is a team owner of IPL contract Chennai Super Kings, a team bought by Srinivasan India Cements conglomerate when the league was launched in 2008.

The BCCI appointed two retired High Court judges, Jayaram Chouta and R. Balasubramanian, to conduct an internal probe into the participation of its members or of IPL owners.

Police have also questioned Raj Kundra, husband of Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty and co-owner of the Rajasthan Royals franchise which 3players had arrested for alleged spot-fixing.

The probe report, which was submitted to BCCI acting Chief Jagmohan Dalmiya on Sunday, cleared Srinivasan India Cements, Rajasthan Royals, Meiyappa n and Kendraz of spot-fixing allegation, the source said.

There is nothing in the report to connect these people, a source told AFP on condition of secrecy.
I do not think we can, or have the right, to stop Srinivasan from coming back as president now, the highly-placed source said.

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