Dhoni lied to probe panel: Petitioner

Dhoni lied to probe panel: Petitioner

 India’s cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni might have won the last two contests on the field, but he received an off the pitch bouncer on Thursday in a court case involving BCCI president N Srinivasan. Incidentally, Srinivasan is also Dhoni’s boss at India Cements, where the wicket-keeper batsman is a vice-president.

The Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB), through its lawyer Harish Salve, accused Dhoni of “corrupt practice” and lying to the Justice Mukul Mudgal panel about the role of Gurunath Meiyappan (son-in-law of BCCI president N Srinivasan) in the Chennai Super Kings IPL team.

Salve alleged that Srinivasan forced Dhoni to tell the panel probing betting and spot fixing charges in IPL that Meiyappan was merely a cricket enthusiast and was in no way connected with the Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

He also accused Srinivasan and the BCCI of indulging in a “massive cover up” with regard to the role of Meiyappan, who is facing IPL spot fixing and betting charges.

During a two-hour submission, Salve claimed that there was a conflict of interest involved as Srinivasan was simultaneously the BCCI president and chairman and managing director of India Cements, which owns CSK. Salve also alleged that several officials in the BCCI, including Dhoni and Sunder Raman, are employees of India Cements.

“Srinivasan said that Meiyappan had nothing to do with the team, which is a false statement, as a BCCI letter described him as owner of a franchise,” Salve said.

“How can the inquiry go back to the BCCI when it has already made up its mind? How can they be entrusted with another inquiry?” he asked.

The counsel also submitted that the BCCI had already exonerated CSK.

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