BCCI chief N Srinivasan said on Friday night that he would not resign from his post after his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan was arrested by the Mumbai police over his involvement in the betting-spot fixing scandal that has rocked the domestic T20 league, according to TV reports.
Speaking to TV channel CNN-IBN after the arrest of his son, Srinivasan said he had no intention to resign, according to reports. Reportedly, he told NDTV that the arrest was an attempt to target him through his son-in-law and so there was no question of him resigning.
The clamour for Srinivasan's resignation got louder after his son-in-law Meiyappan, Chennai Super Kings chief executive, was on Friday interrogated by Mumbai police in the T20 spot fixing scandal and later arrested.
Chennai Super Kings, however, sought to distance itself from Meiyappan, whose name cropped up during questioning of Bollywood actor Vindu Dara Singh Randhawa, the franchise saying Meiyappan was just an honorary member of the management committee.
Vindu Dara Singh's call records showed that he was in constant touch with the BCCI president's son-in-law. Vindu was often seen at the VIP boxes, as an invitee of Meiyappan, during Super Kings matches in the T20 league.
Meiyappan, who was untraceable for the past two days, was spotted at Srinivasan's farmhouse in the hill station of Kodaikanal, some 500 km from Chennai. He left for Mumbai by a chartered flight from Madurai and was met there by the Crime Branch officials, who whisked him away to their south Mumbai office for questioning.
Questioned for over three hours, Meiyappan was confronted with the evidence against him and arrested around midnight. He is likely to be produced before a court Saturday. Srinivasan remained in the line of fire with Sahara Group chief Subrata Roy and former International Cricket Council (ICC) and BCCI president Sharad Pawar's party Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) calling for his resignation as BCCI chief on moral grounds, though later the party seemed to distance itself from the demand made by a party spokesman.
Sources in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said Srinivasan, who was aspiring to be the next ICC president, was likely to step down if Mumbai police arrested Meiyappan, who has been accused of having links with bookies.
Among other developments on Friday, a court granted Mumbai police custody of Vindu till May 28 besides of two others - hawala operator Alpesh Taneja and a bookie, Prem Taneja.
The series of events led India Cements, which owns the Super Kings, to issue a statement that Gurunath was not the team CEO and rather an honorary member of team management.
(with IANS inputs)