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Srinivasan: the man who refused to give up
Firoz Mirza, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, August 01, 2013
First Published: 01:20 IST(1/8/2013)
Last Updated: 01:22 IST(1/8/2013)

No matter how adverse the situation is, the powerful BCCI president N Srinivasan has remained unfazed, much to the surprise of his detractors.

However, he received a blow on Tuesday when the Bombay high court held the internal probe panel that cleared his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals as illegal.

But surprisingly none of his powerful opponents were responsible for it. It was a former Tata Steel employee, Aditya Verma, who filed the Public Interest Litigation, contending that the probe committee's formation violated BCCI's constitution.

"Being a cricketer myself, I was pretty upset with the step-motherly treatment meted out to the Bihar association and its cricketers. The spot-fixing scandal shattered me and I decided to take Sriniavsan head on," said Verma.

Not easy
However, launching a fight against Srinivasan was not easy. Verma was allegedly persuaded to give up the battle and then threatened with dire consequences. But Verma did not give up.

The campaign has even forced him to be separated from his son, an aspiring cricketer. "I have paid the price for this fight as my son has had to move to Bengal to pursue his passion."


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