Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Finally The BCCI In Shackles Courtesy Bombay High Court!
Following the national outrage over the IPL Spot Fixing Scandal and the dubious role played by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in the shady unfolding we constantly wondered why nobody could control this mega-rich Board enough to cleanse the most popular game of the land. We saw aghast as the uncontrollable cricket masters arrived at compromises that suited them most. We felt despondent as most of the cricket conspirators started getting scot-free thanks to the limitations of the law of the land. We almost lost hope as SrinIndia (read BCCI Boss N Srinivasan) got ready to come back to his previously held seat of immense power. But today Bombay High Court showed the first signs that the BCCI could indeed be shackled. Sometimes in India rays of hope do really pierce the corrupt.
As a part of the stupendous BCCI compromise formula the richest cricket board of the world appointed a two-member committee to probe the IPL Spot Fixing Scandal and two days back the committee, as expected, gave a clean chit to almost all accused including the son-in-law of the BCCI Boss N Srinivasan Gurunath Meiyappan, the much implicated CSK franchise—again a team effectively owned by the BCCI Boss, and thus set the stage for a Srini comeback. Maybe the righteously minded members inside the BCCI or the righteous members who refused to be a part of the compromise, howsoever tiny, were not sleeping soundly over the mess.
The Bombay High Court in Mumbai today heard a petition filed by the Bihar Cricket Association against the BCCI and ruled that the two-member probe committee was illegal and unconstitutional thus making the probe findings invalid. The Mumbai Police that had been investigating the IPL scam earlier refused to share its evidence with the BCCI probe committee and has reiterated today that it had enough evidence to charge Meiyappan and others. The Indian Sports Ministry has also asked the BCCI to wait for the police investigations to get over before arriving at any conclusion. SrinIndia and his Board have finally found someone who could control the uncontrollable. Now it is to be seen what more tricks the corrupt cricket in India pulls out of its dirty bag to stick on to the compromise or absolute power or status quo.
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