Senior advocate Harish Salve, who represented Aditya Verma of the Bihar Cricket Association in the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal, on Friday once again accused Mahendra Singh Dhoni, captain of both the Indian cricket team and the Chennai Super Kings IPL team, of lying about the role of Gurunath Meiyappan, the son-in-law of N Srinivasan.
Talking to IBN18 Editor-in-Chief, Rajdeep Sardesai, after Supreme Court's interim order in the spot-fixing scandal, Salve said, "Dhoni lied about Guru Meiyappan role; there was no need for Dhoni to lie and it is important to have independent probe into the IPL irregularities."
Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court installed legendary India batsman Sunil Gavaskar as working president of the BCCI but only for the duration of Indian Premier League's seventh season beginning April 16. The apex court also allowed under-fire Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals to play in the league for the sake of cricket lovers.
Coming to the defence of India captain Dhoni in the Supreme Court, the BCCI lawyer said that false allegations have been made against the cricketer in the context of an investigation into alleged corruption in the IPL. Dhoni has also been "wrongly vilified" by the media after Thursday's hearing, said BCCI representatives in the court.
But Salve said: "Dhoni must answer why he lied and Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) by defending Dhoni is again compromising the situation."
Salve said these days people fight for office but during his father's (the last BCCI chief NKP Salve) time, people fought for cricket. "Cricket in India has lost its charm and BCCI is not a private club, cricket today sets moral standards for our youngsters; we can't allow this to happen."
It is evident that Indian cricket is at crossroads with the BCCI's prestige at stake and Salve continued by saying that it is a sad day for Indian cricket. "Institutional integrity is above everything else. BCCI has to subject itself to greater scrutiny," he concluded.