IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla defends BCCI president N Srinivasan

May 24, 2013, 01:03 IST | Agencies

Indian Premier League chairman and union minister Rajeev Shukla yesterday came out in defence of Board of Control for Cricket in India president N Srinivasan, saying there is no need for him to step down.

“What is the need for BCCI chief to step down? If some MPs take bribe, does it mean Parliament should be closed?” Shukla told CNN-IBN.  “Whoever is caught should be punished, but is there any evidence against him (Srinivasan)” he asked.

Rajeev Shukla
Rajeev Shukla

Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, chief executive of Chennai Super Kings team of the IPL, has been summoned by Mumbai police in connection with the ongoing IPL spot fixing controversy.

Srinivasan has not made a statement to the media after Meiyappan has been named in the controversy. Last week, the BCCI president emphasised at a media briefing after the arrest of Rajasthan Royals trio S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan.

N Srinivasan
N Srinivasan

“The sport is clean, we are running it clean and one or two bad eggs cannot sully the game. We have to examine and see what we can do and what steps we can take to demonstrate that such kind of work does not pay,” he said.

Modi attacks BCCI
Meanwhile, former IPL chief Lalit Modi was sharp in his criticism of the BCCI on Twitter. Sample this....

* More and more its becoming apparent why the Axis of Evil wanted me out of IPL and BCCI. The Axis is my profile picture (Shukla, Srinivasan & Jaitley)

The Axis of Evil and there supporting cast must all resign. As they are all equally responsible for this mess. The axis is my profile pic

Accomplices are more to blame as they have knowingly helped in perpetuating a fraud against One and all. They all should be thrown out

The control Axis of evil has over the game runs so deep that unravelling it will throw up a whole new muck. They are masters of Spin attack

Media needs to examine and expose how many times the BCCI constitution has been changed in last 3 years.

All who have allowed these changes are equally responsible for state of cricket today. Time to come clean

Criminal action is must against current management of IPL. No one should be spared 

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