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SBD Global/May 29, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
India Sports Minister Seeks Extensive Modification Of Draft Law To Curb Spot-Fixing
Published May 29, 2013
CALLING FOR RESIGNATION: The PTI reported Indian National Congress member Jyotiraditya Scindia called for Srinivasan's resgination as BCCI president. Scindia: "From my point of view, not for a second am I assuming that anybody is guilty. Having said that, in the interest of propriety and in interest of the game at this point of time when there is a question mark surrounding an individual, surrounding the team (CSK) and surrounding the manager of that team who happens to be a family member, I believe in all sense of the word propriety that Mr. Srinivasan must step aside" (PTI, 5/28). The PTI also reported in "a veiled attack" on BCCI VP Arun Jaitley, cricketer-turned-politician Kirti Azad said people in the board are not going after Srinivasan because “somebody wants to be the next president” of the high-profile sports body. Azad: "They are acting like Gandhiji’s three monkeys. They all are involved. You scratch my back I’ll scratch yours. Such is the current scenario" (PTI, 5/28). The PTI also reported Union Minister for New & Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah "favoured legalising betting in sports in India." He lent "unqualified support" to Srinivasan. Abdullah: "Worldwide it is there. You are betting in Dubai, you are betting in England, in America, why not in India." When a journalist cited the swelling demand for Srinivasan's ousting, Abdullah said, "Why should he [Mr. Srinivasan] resign?" The questioner said Srinivasan’s son-in-law "was arrested for his alleged involvement in IPL fixing scandal." Abdullah: "How does it matter? If my son-in-law is involved, it does not mean I have to step down. Let the investigation get over. If it comes out in probe that Mr. Srinivasan is responsible, he will go. He is an honourable man" (PTI, 5/28).
MEDIA BLACKOUT: The PTI also reported India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni "maintained a stoic silence on the spot-fixing scandal." On expected lines, BCCI "issued a diktat that the journalists attending the press conference won't be allowed to ask questions on the spot-fixing scandal." When Dhoni was asked why has he not responded as the leader of the Indian cricket team, the media manager Dr. R.N. Baba "stopped the scribe from probing the skipper further, asking him to stick to questions pertaining to Champions Trophy" (PTI, 5/28).
CRIMINAL MATTERS: The PTI reported arrested cricketers S. Sreesanth and Ajit Chandila "besides two bookies were on Tuesday remanded in judicial custody" until June 4 by a Delhi court which "rejected the investigators' plea for two more days of custodial interrogation of the Indian pacer" in connection with the case (PTI, 5/28). The PTI also reported a recent IPL match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore "may also come under the scanner of Delhi Police for 'match-fixing'" after the interrogation of Chandila and bookies who have been arrested on charges of spot-fixing (PTI, 5/28).