New Delhi - India's
Supreme Court on Tuesday urged the powerful head of the country's cricket
board to stand down while an investigation is conducted into illegal
betting, saying his refusal to quit so far was "nauseating".
two-judge panel warned it could order N. Srinivasan, regarded as the
most powerful man in world cricket, to stand down unless he did so
voluntarily as his continued presence in his post was hampering the
investigation which involves his son-in-law.
"Unless the BCCI
(Board of Control for Cricket in India) president stands down, there can
be no fair investigation. It's nauseating," Justice A.K. Patnaik told
the court in New Delhi.
"If you don't step down, then we will pass an order," he added.
bench is looking at a damning report that it commissioned last year
into wrongdoing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) following a betting
and spot-fixing scandal that rocked the domestic Twenty20 tournament.
report, released in February, concluded that Srinivasan's son-in-law
Gurunath Meiyappan could be guilty of illegal betting on IPL games, in a
major blow to Srinivasan who is due to take over as head of the
International Cricket Council in July.
India is also the most
powerful country in world cricket due to its vast television audience
which enables the board to generate almost 70 percent of the game's
Meiyappan was the team principal of Chennai Super Kings,
an IPL franchise owned by Srinivasan's India Cements company and
captained by national skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
The report, by
a panel headed by retired judge Mukul Mudgal, suggested that Meiyappan
may have passed on team information to outsiders for illegal betting,
but did not specify what information or to whom.
"There are no
definite findings by the Mudgal committee but the allegations are of a
very serious nature," Patnaik told the court.
"Whether the BCCI will act on the findings of the probe panel is a big, big question," he added.
judge asked the BCCI's lawyers to go away and read a sealed section of
the report and return on Thursday when the case will continue.
and others have also been the target of a separate police investigation
which has resulted in charges of forgery, cheating, criminal
conspiracy, breach of contract and handing critical team information to