The Telegraph
Sunday , March 30 , 2014
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Verma’s plea to Sunny on COO

New Delhi: Aditya Verma, the Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) secretary, has written a letter to Sunil Gavaskar, urging the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) interim president to remove the chief operating officer (COO) of IPL, Sundar Raman, immediately.

In the letter to Gavaskar, Verma said Sundar Raman should be removed since his continuation as COO “is deeply prejudicial to the interest of the IPL and the game of cricket.”

Raman was appointed COO of IPL by Lalit Modi, but the latter’s ouster as IPL boss did not harm Raman.

He has become more powerful over the years and is now considered a close ally of Narayanswamy Srinivasan.

Verma requested Gavaskar to take note of the fact that in the transcript given by the Mumbai Police to the Justice Mukul Mudgal probe committee, there were clear indications that Raman had a role in passing inside information that aided and abetted betting in the last IPL.

“This may be the proverbial tip of the iceberg,” Verma said. He also quoted from the transcript of the Mudgal committee report that spoke of two alleged betters referring to Sundar Raman on an IPL-related betting issue.

On Friday, the Supreme Court, in its interim order said: “We also direct it is for Mr Gavaskar to decide as to whether Mr Sundar Raman, Chief IPL operator, would continue in the IPL, 2014, or some other arrangement has to be made in his place.”

It was Verma, who had filed a PIL in June last year, contending to the Bombay High Court that that BCCI's two-member internal probe panel investigating into the IPL fixing issue was unconstitutional.