A day after the spotlight turned on Indian skipper M S Dhoni for allegedly lying before the IPL probe panel, the BCCI on Friday came out in his defence before the Supreme Court and questioned the panel's indictment.
The panel, while holding N Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan guilty of betting in IPL, trashed the statements made before it by the ousted BCCI president and Dhoni that he had nothing to do with the cricketing affairs of Chennai Super Kings.
As per then panel, they claimed Meiyeppan was just a “cricket enthusiast” supporting the team.
On Thursday, the counsel for the Cricket Association of Bihar, Harsh Salve, accused the skipper of lying and indulging in “corrupt practices” by seeking to cover-up. It was also asserted that neither the BCCI nor any person in individual capacity has challenged the findings of the panel and the BCCI rather accepted the report.
However, refuting the allegations against Dhoni, the BCCI on Friday told a bench led by Justice A K Patnaik that Dhoni had never made the statement that Meiyappan was only a cricket enthusiast.
“False allegations have been made against the Indian captain. The allegations against him are false. The captain has told us he never said Meiyappan was a cricket enthusiast. He was only asked whether Meiyappan took part in the cricketing decisions of the team and he said no. There was no other statement by him,” contended BCCI counsel C A Sundaram.
Sundaram alleged that the Indian captain was being “vilified” and that the media had been writing all sorts of things about him. But the court refused to entertain the BCCI's arguments at this stage.
“Have we vilified him? Why are you telling us all this? Mr Salve made a statement yesterday. You will also have full opportunity to speak on April 16. We are only concerned with an interim arrangement today,” said the bench.
This, however, irked the BCCI counsel as he complained that Salve got 150 minutes to level “false” allegations but he was being declined time to argue. The bench retorted: “Okay, so if you want to blast out for media, go ahead. Do so but we again say we are today concerned only and only about interim orders. We can hear you later.”