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BCCI prez should tender resignation: Sports Ministry

N Srinivasan’s cup of woes seems to be spilling over with the sports ministry on Wednesday joining the growing chorus of demand for his resignation as BCCI president pending inquiry into the ongoing IPL spot-fixing scandal.

After senior board officials such as IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla, vice-president Arun Jaitley and Jyotiraditya Scindia urged him to step asid Srinivasan’s son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings CEO Gurunath Meiyappan has been arrested by the Mumbai Police for alleged involvement in betting. A three-member BCCI inquiry committee is also probing Meiyappan and the allegations against three Rajasthan Royals players and its franchise as well as the Chennai Super Kings. T Jayaram Chouta, former judge of the Karnataka and Madras High Courts, R Balasubramanian, former of the Madras High Court, and BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale are members of the commission. The ministry said it is observing the unfolding events ‘with considerable disquiet’ and reiterated its commitment towards a strong anti-corruption law for sports. ‘The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is in favour of a law to curb malpractices in all sports. It will send its comments on the bill drafted by the Law Ministry, and is looking forward to working with the Law Ministry and other stakeholders for the development of a comprehensive law against match and spot-fixing,’ the statement read.

The Ministry, meanwhile, rejected reports that it was in favour of legalising betting to curb corruption in sports.
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