N Srinivasan steps aside as BCCI chief, Jagmohan Dalmiya to be interim president till IPL fixing probe

Updated: 02 June 2013 18:39 IST

N Srinivasan has reportedly stepped aside as the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Jagmohan Dalmiya will take over as the interim chief of the BCCI till the probe into the spot-fixing scandal in the recently-concluded edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is completed.

N Srinivasan steps aside as BCCI chief, Jagmohan Dalmiya to be interim president till IPL fixing probe
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N Srinivasan has reportedly stepped aside as the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Jagmohan Dalmiya will take over as the interim chief of the BCCI till the probe into the spot-fixing scandal in the recently-concluded edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is completed.

Here are the latest developments in the story:

The BCCI, in a statement released shortly after the meeting of its working committee in Chennai today said Mr Srinivasan will not discharge his duties as President while the probe is on. Mr Dalmiya, till such time, will conduct the day-to-day affairs of the Board. (Read full statement)

At the meeting, Mr Srinivasan had reportedly refused to resign, with sources saying that he had agreed to "step aside and not step down." "My resignation will set a bad precedent" is what Mr Srinivasan reportedly said at the meeting which, sources, was a stormy affair.

But members of the Board reportedly wanted Mr Srinivasan to resign with the majority threatening to quit if he stayed on.

Sources say Punjab Cricket Association chief IS Bindra led the charge against Mr Srinivasan at the meeting. "Only I asked for his resignation, no one else had the guts," Mr Bindra told NDTV.

But Mr Srinivasan refuted Mr Bindra's claims, telling NDTV that the "meeting was very smooth and there was no acrimony". (Watch)

Sources also say that most members wanted Mr Dalmaiya to be the interim president. BJP leaders Arun Jailtely and Anurag Thakur, both members of the working committee, reportedly proposed Mr Dalmiya's name as the man to replace Mr Srinivasan.

Most members also reportedly requested Ajay Shirke and Sanjay Jagdale to rejoin BCCI. The duo had resigned last week as Treasurer and Secretary of the Board respectively. Mr Shirke has ruled out his return, dubbing today's decision as a "step backwards".

Both will formally convey their decision to the Board tomorrow, Mr Bindra said, adding "Srinivasan will rubber stamp that decision."

Sources say a third person will now be appointed to replace Mr Jagdale in the BCCI's three-member panel which has been constituted to probe spot-fixing allegations.

Those who have sought Mr Srinivasan's resignation say there is a conflict of interest in his being BCCI chief with his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan being arrested last month on charges of gambling, cheating, and conspiracy. Mr Meiyappan's alleged links with bookies are under investigation.

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