This IPL betting scam has not only ended Meiyappan’s father-in-law N. Srinivasan’s career as BCCI chief, but also put huge doubts over Chennai Super Kings captain M.S. Dhoni who is now under huge pressure and seems to be walking on a tightrope ever since Supreme Court came down heavily on BCCI.
Senior Counsel Harish Salve, who is petitioner’s lawyer in this case, alleged in the Supreme Court on Thursday that Dhoni is guilty of corrupt conduct because he mislead the probe committee headed by the Mudgal Committee about Meiyappan’s role within the CSK.
Salve on Thursday claimed that Dhoni is an “employee of India Cements which leads to a conflict of interest”. Here it should be reported from our side that India cements employee is not just Dhoni, but hundreds of other cricketers from across the country.
However, a source close to BCCI said: “Dhoni was roped in to play for India Cements in the BCCI Corporate Trophy in July, 2012, just like how Rahul Dravid represented India Cements team in TNCA first division. But Dhoni hasn’t played a single game because of national team duty.”
In the wake of this allegation, as per Deccan Chronical, Dhoni is reportedly willing to give up his captaincy. Deccan further claims that he wants to put his case in public and break the long-term silence after the World T20 in Dhaka.
Deccan Chronical further claims: “He wanted to step down and come clean the minute his name first came up in the reports. But a top BCCI official promised him that the dust would settle down fast and court cases would be sorted out soon. The board also gagged Dhoni from commenting on any IPL spot-fixing issues and he had been maintaining that ‘he would talk when the right time comes.”
The Mudgal report which is out in public domain points out that Dhoni was economical with the truth and said “Mr M.S. Dhoni, Mr N. Srinivasan and officials of India Cements took the stand that Mr. Meiyappan had nothing to do with the cricketing affairs of Chennai Super Kings and was a mere cricket enthusiast supporting CSK.”