New Delhi: Back as the BCCI president after a Supreme Court ruling, under-fire Narayanswamy Srinivasan on Wednesday said that his conscience was clear and he did not quit his post despite calls for his ouster since he has done nothing wrong.
“Most certainly, I would not have taken up the position if I felt otherwise. And, as I said in the beginning, I stand for what I do. If I have done something wrong, yes, my conscience would not permit me. But in this case it was not so, that is what I said in the very beginning,” Srinivasan told news channel.
Srinivasan had stepped aside from his post after his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan was arrested in connection with the IPL spot-fixing scandal. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court allowed him to take charge.
“You have to understand that I did not get involved into the investigation on Gurunath. When this issue was raked up, I had stepped aside. These two judges were appointed by the BCCI after I had stepped aside. I did not appoint the committee. I was not the BCCI president then,” Srinivasan said.
[The facts do not bear out Srinivasan’s claim. Srinivasan was very much the BCCI president when the probe panel — comprising two former judges, Justice T Jayaram Chouta and Justice R Balasubramanian, and the then BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale — was appointed, on May 28. After Jagdale’s resignation, the panel was ‘reconstituted’, on June 10.
However, the two retired judges, who were appointed when Srinivasan was the president, were retained by the BCCI. Srinivasan stepped aside on June 2, a good five days after the probe panel was first formed.]
Asked whether he has sleepless nights in the aftermath of the spot-fixing scandal, he said: “No, I sleep well”. Srinivasan refused to answer questions on his son-in-law’s involvement in the scandal, saying the matter was sub-judice.