NEW DELHI, March 27 (PTI): In a move that is bound to shake up Indian cricket establishment, the Supreme Court today proposed replacing BCCI president N Srinivasan with former cricketer Sunil Gavaskar and barring his team Chennai Super Kings (CSK) along with Rajasthan Royals (RR) from IPL 7 till it decides the case of betting and spot fixing scandal.
The court, which will pass its order tomorrow, has also sought keeping away any person associated with Sinivasan- promoted India Cements, the owner of CSK, from being involved in the functioning of the BCCI.
The Supreme Court�s observations that will show the door for Srinivasan also came on a day when senior counsel Harish Salve attacked India captain Mahinder Singh Dhoni, accusing him of being �guilty of corrupt practice� by lying before the Mudgal Committee on the role of the BCCI president�s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan in CSK.
The statement of Dhoni, who is also the Vice President of India Cements, before the Committee that Meiyappan had no role in the CSK was a �cover up� that amounted to a corrupt practice.
A two-judge bench comprising justices AK Patnaik and FM Ibrahim Kalifulla made the proposals when it took up Mudgal Committtee�s report into the alleged betting and spot fixing during last year�s IPL.
�In the place of Srinivasan, we propose to appoint an experienced cricket player like Sunil Gavaskar to replace him and function as BCCI president,� the bench said.
It said that it will pass an interim order tomorrow and asked BCCI counsel to take instructions from the Board.
The apex court, however, said that at this moment it was not removing anybody and the matches of IPL 7 will go on.
The bench suggested barring CSK and RR from this year�s IPL, slated to start on April 16 in Dubai, as their players and team officials have been suspected of involvement scandal by police and the three-member probe panel headed by former Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal.