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Thursday , March 27 , 2014
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Verma will request for a CBI enquiry

Aditya Verma

New Delhi: Encouraged by Supreme Court’s observation that Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Narayanswamy Srinivasan should resign from his post for a fair probe of the IPL scandal, Cricket Association of Bihar secretary Aditya Verma is planning to step up the pressure.

Verma, whose petition in the court led to appointment of the Justice (retd) Mukul Mudgal committee, said, on Wednesday, that he would now request the court to order a CBI enquiry of the scandal and for suspension of the IPL VII, scheduled to begin on April 16.

“I have no idea whether Srinivasan would resign or notů. I feel his legal aides would finally offer him some good advice and he would step down,” Verma said. “We are not going to leave it there, we are going to request for independent enquiry.

“Since the CBI is the most competent authority and has all the power to unearth what is going on behind the scene in the IPL, we plan to request the honourable court to initiate a CBI enquiry. At the same time, the IPL VII should be put on hold till the enquiry is over.”

Verma claimed that every right-minded person in the cricket fraternity was surprised how hurriedly the BCCI announced the schedule of IPL VII.

“What was the hurry? They could have at least waited till the court case was over. Was it only because a section of the people in the Board had some personal interest in the money-spinning tournament?” Verma asked.

Verma said he would also request the apex court to let people know the content of the Mudgal Committee report. “Everyone is asking me what is there in the reportů. Frankly, I have no idea. But I feel the guilty people should be exposed. Let the cricket fans know how a group of people are ruining the game,” Verma said.

The Supreme Court had appointed a three-member probe panel headed by Justice Mudgal to investigate into the fixing saga.

After going through the contents of the report filed in a sealed cover by the Mudgal Committee, the Supreme Court said there were serious allegations made in the report and no fair probe can be conducted unless the BCCI chief stepped down.