The emergent working committee meeting proved a surprisingly tame affair. The members were convinced the Justice Mudgal committee report had nothing much against sidelined BCCI president, N Srinivasan, and hence not much in-house resistance was expected against him.
But the man expected to come under fire, IPL COO, Sundar Raman, got away easily. With the report establishing that he was in touch with a bookie and also kept information about illegal betting by Gurunath Meiyappan, and Raj Kundra, to himself, he was expected to face a hostile floor. However, that didn't happen.
N Srinivasan, who otherwise said nothing, requested the members to support Raman to allow him to present his defence in the Supreme Court on November 24. According to board members who attended the meeting, Srinivasan said: "Sundar has been a long-time employee of the BCCI. He is a professional. Let's give him a chance. As it is, the matter is sub judice, so let him furnish his defence in the Supreme Court. It's not fair to prejudge a decision."
Raman, according to those who attended the meeting, said: "Being a professional working for the IPL, I get plenty of calls. Lots of people call me for different types of work. It was one such call that the person was making whose background I wasn't aware of."
On Meiyappan and Kundra's betting, he said: "The moment the ICC/ACSU (Anti-Corruption and Security Unit) chief informed me about these two for an offence which he felt was not actionable, I admit I didn't inform any other person due to the fact that there wasn't serious offence behind it."
The support to Raman was decided at a meeting in Chennai on Monday by Srinivasan loyalists. They even weighed the option of seeking a vote in case Srinivasan's detractors made things difficult for Raman.
"Looking at the majority the Srinivasan group enjoys, though we felt we should question Sundar Raman's continuation, we would have been outvoted. So we decided to let the Supreme Court deliver its verdict on him," said a member from the anti-Srinivasan camp.