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Spot-fixing scandal: BCCI wants to examine Mahendra Singh Dhoni's audio tape

Thursday, 10 April 2014 - 8:05am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: dna

The BCCI has moved the Supreme Court on Wednesday with a request to allow them to examine the audio recordings of Team India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Board of Control for Cricket in India president N Srinivasan and Indian Premier League COO Sundar Raman.

All three had made statements before the three-member committee led by Justice Mukul Mudgal, which was set up by the Apex Court to probe the IPL betting and spot-fixing scandal.

The application was mentioned by senior advocate CS Sundaram, who appeared for the BCCI. The counsel told the bench the BCCI needs the transcript to prepare themselves for the case pending before the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court has listed the matter to be heard on Friday.

It must be mentioned here that senior advocate Harish Salve, who has been representing Aditya Verma of the Cricket Association of Bihar, has repeatedly accused Dhoni of lying about the role of Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan.

After Meiyappan's involvement in IPL betting has been substantiated, there were reports that Dhoni offered to step down as the Chennai Super Kings' captain following the "lying" allegations but BCCI top officials apparently asked him to stay back saying that "he has done nothing wrong and is innocent".

Srinivasan subsequently been asked by the Apex Court to step aside and former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar was made working president till the end of IPL season VII. Gavaskar is also reportedly evaluating the request of Verma, who wants IPL COO Raman removed from his post for alleged involvement in corrupt practices.

Contempt against Srinivasan
Meanwhile, Verma told dna that he will be moving contempt proceedings against Srinivasan for representing BCCI at the International Cricket Council (ICC) executive board meeting in Dubai.

"As per the Hon'ble Supreme Court's Order dated 28.03.2014, in S.L.P. (C) No/ 25027 of 2013, Mr. N. Srinivasan had made a written offer to the Hon'ble Court, through his counsel, that till investigation, into which allegations against him are completed he shall not discharge any of the functions of the president of BCCI. The Court vide its order dated 28.03.2014 further directed that none of the employees of India Cements or its associate companies (except cricket players & commentators) will perform any of the duties assigned to them by the BCCI," Verma said.

Verma feels that Srinivasan has violated the Apex Court directives by attending the ICC meeting on Wednesday and thus contempt of court proceedings should be initiated against him.

"In view of the directive of the Hon'ble Court, Srinivasan cannot represent BCCI, being an employee of India Cement and the same is violative of the Order of the Court and thus contemptuous in nature," he added.

The matter will come up for hearing on April 16.

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