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IPL spot-fixing case: Mahendra Singh Dhoni in a tight spot

Cricket Association of Bihar counsel accuses India skipper of colluding with Srinivasan and shielding his son-in-law Meiyappan in front of Justice Mudgal

New Delhi: Appearing for the Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) yesterday, senior counsel Harish Salve attacked India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, accusing him of being "guilty of corrupt practice" by lying before the Mudgal Committee on the role of BCCI president N Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan in Chennai Super Kings.

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MS Dhoni during a training session in Dhaka yesterday. Pic/AFP and (Inset) Harish Salve
MS Dhoni during a training session in Dhaka yesterday. Pic/AFP and (Inset) Harish Salve 

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is also a vice president at India Cements, had reportedly claimed before the three-member panel that Gurunath Meiyappan had no role to play in CSK. This, Salve pointed out was a 'cover up' that clearly amounted to a corrupt practice.

Harish Salve tweets...
Later in the evening, Salve tweeted, "I have admired Dhoni's skills on the field. However possibly by error of judgment he not only took a job as Vice President in Ind Cement but he appeared before Mudgal comm (with Srini) and asserted that meiyapan had no connection with CSK.

A cover up to save M is corruption as defined in the relevant regulations. That was my submission in the SC. Also that I can't believe that capt of CSK didn't know M's role."

Meanwhile, on the eve of the clash against Bangladesh in Mirpur, Dhoni gave the pre-match press conference a miss, with India's media manager Dr RN Baba issuing a gag order on the media, stating that questions will be entertained "only on ICC World Twenty20".

In the morning, Salve took up nearly two-and-a-half hours during the hearing during which the Court also recommended the suspension of CSK and Rajasthan Royals franchises from the IPL to the BCCI's counsel.

The court also suggested that employees of India Cements who are associated with BCCI be barred from performing dual roles. Srinivasan is the managing director of the company.

During the course of the argument, Justice Patnaik asked Salve - whose father NKP Salve was a Board president in the 1980s - for his opinion on whether the court had legal standing "restructuring" an autonomous body like the BCCI. According to reports, Salve said he would respond in writing.

What we can expect in court today?

> The Supreme Court could hear the BCCI counsel before delivering an interim order
> The defiant N Srinivasan will be asked to vacate his post till investigations are complete and a stand-in chief will be named
> IPL franchises Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals are likely to be suspended
> Employees of India Cements could be barred from holding posts in BCCI

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