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Srinivasan has cataract surgery but stays in BCCI post despite SC strictures

Chennai, Mar 26 (PTI): N Srinivasan underwent a cataract surgery on Wednesday and continued as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India despite Tuesday’s observation by the Supreme Court that he should step down to enable a fair probe into allegations of spot-fixing and betting involving his son-in-law in last year’s Indian Premier League cricket.

P S Raman, Srinivasan's legal counsel, met him at his residence on Wednesday but declined to speak on the issue.

”He (Srinivasan) had a cataract operation in the other eye this morning. I have come to meet him because of that. It is only a courtesy call”, he told reporters.

When asked specifically whether Srinivasan was contemplating to step down in view of the Supreme Court observation, he refused to comment.

It is also learnt that BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel, who was in the United Arab Emirates to oversee the arrangements for the IPL matches, has cut short his visit and is expected to meet Srinivasan during the day to decide the future course of action.

Srinivasan's continued silence has raised speculation that he may not resign immediately but may wait for the hearing to resume on Thursday before taking a final decision.

On Tuesday, the court had given Srinivasan 48 hours to quit on his own, or face an order for his removal.

After going through the contents of a report filed in a sealed cover by a probe panel appointed by the apex court, a bench headed by Justice A K Patnaik said there are ”very very serious” allegations made in the report and unless the BCCI President steps down, no fair probe can be conducted.

The Supreme Court had appointed a three-member probe panel, led by retired judge Justice Mukul Mudgal to investigate into the fixing saga. The panel had replaced BCCI's own two-man probe panel, which had exonerated Meiyappan of any wrongdoing.