London: Suspended former Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi demanded a life ban for the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) president N Srinivasan after the Supreme Court-instituted Justice Mudgal committee indicted his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan in the IPL betting and spot-fixing scandal.

“With the Supreme Court-instituted Justice Mudgal committee indicting Gurunath Meiyappan in the IPL betting and spot-fixing scandal, I demand a life ban on his father-in-law and BCCI President N Srinivasan,” Modi said in a statement. “It is high time that the global cricket establishment woke up to and also buried the entire India Cement team that has taken over world cricket. As we have seen nothing good can come from such a corrupt and power hungry regime,” he said.

Meiyappan, the former Team Principal of the Chennai Super Kings, was indicted for betting by a three-member commitee headed by Former Punjab and Haryana Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal, which was appointed by the Supreme Court to investigate the IPL spot-fixing scandal. But Srinivasan had defended Meiyappan, calling him merely a “cricket enthusiast”.

Hoping that Srinivasan’s days in the administration of world cricket are numbered, Modi demanded the immediate scrapping of CSK from IPL. “I am also happy to see the system of natural justice prevail and glad to see that Justice Mudgal report confirm, just what I have been saying for so long. A life ban on all connected is a must and I hope that with this Mr Srinivasan’s days as the future warlord of cricket are short lived.”I have reviewed a copy of and will give a line by line response within a day’s time on my blog. But in the meantime, given these developments I would like to see the CSK team annulled from all future IPL activity including the auctions.”

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