N Srinivasan has reportedly taken charge of the Board of Control for Cricket in India once again. This after an internal probe last week gave him and his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, amongst others, a clean chit in the Indian Premier League spot-fixing case.
Sources say that Srinivasan took charge as president of BCCI at 8pm on Tuesday evening. This despite a Bombay High Court ruling that the constitution of the probe panel which gave his team Chennai Super Kings a clean chit was "illegal and unconstitutional." (Related: I don't want to say anything on Bombay High Court, said Srinivasan)
Earlier on Tuesday, a defiant Srinivasan has said that he will attend the BCCI's Working Committee meeting on August 2. "Yes, I will be attending the BCCI working Committee meeting in New Delhi on August 2," he was quoted as saying by PTI. (Also read: Lalit Modi warns BCCI members to not support Srinivasan blindly)
BCCI had been slammed for its 'shoddy probe' into allegations of spot-fixing against Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan and Rajasthan Royals' co-owner Raj Kundra. The probe was conducted by retired Tamil Nadu High Court judges T. Jayaram Chouta and R. Balasubramanian, who absolves Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, alongwith Meiyappan and Kundra.
Earlier in June, Srinivasan had 'stepped aside' when the probe panel was constituted and Jagmohan Dalmiya had taken over as interim president of BCCI. Several members had even reportedly asked for Srinivasan's resignation but he maintained his position.
On Tuesday, Dalmiya on his part, said that the Indian cricket board is in an embarrassing position. "I don't have all the details yet and I don't know if it is a crisis or not. But this has certainly put us in an embarrassing situation," he told reporters on the issue of Bombay High Court questioning the findings of the probe panel. (Read full report here)