Lalit Modi's lawyer demands BCCI chief N Srinivasan's resignation

N Srinivasan has been widely criticised after his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan’salleged involvement in betting © Getty Images

Mumbai: May 24, 2013

Calling for head of N Srinivasan, ex-IPL chairman Lalit Modi‘s lawyer on Friday demanded that the BCCI president should be suspended with the police probing his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan‘s alleged proximity to Bollywood actor Vindoo Dara Singh, arrested for betting on IPL matches.

Modi’s attorney Mehmood Abdi said in a statement issued on Friday that Srinivasan should also face BCCI’s disciplinary panel.

“It’s a real testing time for BCCI to prove that some semblance of governance and rule is there in its affairs (and) that it applies the same rule to Srinivasan which was applied in case of Lalit Modi who, only on the basis of allegations, was suspended and show cause notices were issued to him,” said Abdi in a statement.

“The Board must take suo moto cognisance of the allegation flying wide and far against its chief N Srinivasn and put him under suspension and the allegations be referred to the disciplinary committee consisting of independent people of repute and integrity for a thorough probe,” Modi’s legal counsel said.

“No fair enquiry is ever possible so long as Srinivasan continues to head the BCCI. Removal of Srinivasan is required all the more in view of the president centric nature of BCCI as an organisation,” Abdi added.

Abdi also claimed that the latest controversy has again raised the issue of Srinivasan’s conflict of interest of owning the IPL team Chennai Super Kings while being at the helm of the BCCI.

“The issue of conflict of interest of N Srinivasan has again come to the fore. He is president of BCCI, owner of CSK team and ace cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni is now an employee of India Cements, the owner of CSK,” said Abdi.

“Lalit Modi has been vindicated as he has been screaming about this blatant conflict of interest and now the whole nation and the world is witnessing the ill effects of this conflict of interest,” he stated.

“Allegations of Srinivasan’s family members’ interference in IPL affairs for personal gain are there in public domain,” said Abdi, who is also the president of Shriganganagar District Cricket Association, a constituent of Rajasthan Cricket Association that is affiliated to the BCCI.

“Therefore, the Board must make good use of lifting of the lid of the dirty game of match fixing to fix the loopholes in its own house like conflict of interests, centralisation of power in one hand and lack of professionalism, probity and transparency,” he added.