In an exclusive chat with NDTV, N Srinivasan was adamant that he had "done nothing wrong" and would not quit as the chief of the BCCI.
"I have done nothing wrong. It is the media that is baying for my blood and some political parties are after my resignation," said Srinivasan to NDTV. "The media could have been a lot fairer to us. I think they have gone overboard." (Read: Who said what)
"This entire demand for my resignation has been orchestrated by some vested interests. It may be convenient for some people to not have me in the BCCI," he added but refused to divulge any names. "I have done nothing wrong as president of the BCCI during my tenure and there is no question of me stepping down."
"The BCCI will follow its rules and the law will take its own course," said Srinivasan on arriving at the Mumbai airport. "There is no reason for me to step down because my son-in-law has been arrested. I am sure he (Gurunath) will defend himself adequately. But that is not a reason for me to step down," he reaffirmed.
"I have no knowledge of his (Gurunath's) activities. I do not go for Chennai Super Kings' matches and I hardly watch Twenty20 cricket," Srinivasan added.
BCCI sources had indicated that that support for N Srinivasan within the organisation has dwindled and either Arun Jaitley or Shashank Manohar may be asked to take over the leadership role.
"I don't agree with this view. A lot of BCCI members have sent me messages of support," he added in the exclusive chat. "A few people may want me out but I am too straight, I follow the rules and I do not give in to pressure."
"If someone wants to replace me let them get elected," Srinivasan said.