Indian cricket board chief N Srinivasan on Saturday categorically said that there is no change in his plans to contest the presidential election at the ensuing annual general meeting of the powerful body.
“I have not suffered any disqualification. I plan to contest and people have extended support to my candidature,” Srinivasan told IANS on the day when the Mumbai police filed a charge sheet naming his son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings team principal Gurunath Meiyappan in the Indian Premier League (IPL) betting case.
The Chennai Super Kings is owned by city-based cement major India Cements Ltd, of which Srinivasan is the vice chairman and managing director. “The law will take its own course in Gurunath’s case.
He has been suspended and is no way connected with the game/team now,” Srinivasan said. According to him the-charge sheet against Meiyappan may not affect his prospects of getting one year extension.
Srinivasan said the issues relating to the two-member probe panel is sub-judice and he cannot comment on that. The Mumbai police filed a voluminous charge-sheet in the IPL-6 spot-fixing scam, naming Bollywood actor Vindoo Dara Singh, Meiyappan, Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf and many others before a metropolitan magistrate Saturday.
Besides 22 accused and eight wanted accused, the charge-sheet has named several Indian and Pakistani bookies, many of whom were arrested in Mumbai when the scam surfaced in May.
Running into more than 11,500 pages, the police have charged the accused under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, Mumbai Police Act, IT Act and Gambling Act.
The police have named around 200 witnesses and attached half-a-dozen forensic reports and mentioned 181 seizures pertaining to the case.
The police have also cited phone records, CCTV footage, SIM card details and other evidence in the charge-sheet.
The spot-fixing scam had erupted in May with the arrest of some cricketers and bookies in separate operations Delhi Police and Mumbai police.