A day before the Supreme Court is scheduled to resume hearing into the IPL scandal, N Srinivasan on Tuesday filed an affidavit requesting the court to reconsider its interim order that sidelined him from functioning as the board president.
The court in its interim order on March 28 had replaced Srinivasan with former cricketer Sunil Gavaskar as far as IPL-7 was concerned, and delegated other responsibilities to BCCI vice-president Shivlal Yadav.
“I humbly request this Hon’ble Court to reconsider the interim order dated 28.03.2014 in so far as it relates to my position in the BCCI. I wish to resume my elected office,” said the affidavit.
In the affidavit, the Chennai strongman has also raised questions over serious allegations made against him and India skipper MS Dhoni in the course of submissions made before the Justice Mudgal Commission.
“I respectfully submit that I am constrained to place the above sequence of facts on record because I am highly aggrieved by the unfair and unsubstantiated allegations made against me in the course of hearing of the above matter on 27-03-2014. I am personally not aware of the reason why this Hon’ble Court orally expressed that I should not continue as president of BCCI,” said the affidavit.
India Cements officials
Backing India Cements officials, who were sidelined by the court, Srinivasan claimed the unceremonious removal had tarnished the image of these employees. “It would be noticed by this Hon’ble Court that the employees of India Cements Ltd were also involved in BCCI activities for nearly a decade now and were put there not at my specific instance and certainly not to perpetuate any sinister activity as alleged or otherwise. The BCCI has far from suffering any loss or harm due to the involvement of the above persons, has in fact benefited immensely,” the affidavit said.
“These persons have been asked to leave the BCCI for absolutely no fault of their making, without giving them, or for that matter me, an opportunity to explain. Today, these employees of India Cements Ltd. stand tarnished in the eyes of public…” added the affidavit.
Srinivasan also held the allegations levelled against IPL COO Sundar Raman false and defended his move to attend a recent ICC meeting claiming that he has been a part of the body since 2008.
Clarifying his statement on his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, Srinivasan said that he never held Meiyappan a ‘mere cricket enthusiast’ before the commission but he only told the members that he doesn’t believe Meiyappan had done anything wrong.