Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is also a vice president at India Cements, had reportedly claimed before the three-member panel that Gurunath Meiyappan had no role to play in CSK. This, Salve pointed out was a 'cover up' that clearly amounted to a corrupt practice.

Harish Salve tweets...

Later in the evening, Salve tweeted, "I have admired Dhoni's skills on the field. However possibly by error of judgment he not only took a job as Vice President in Ind Cement but he appeared before Mudgal comm (with Srini) and asserted that meiyapan had no connection with CSK.

A cover up to save M is corruption as defined in the relevant regulations. That was my submission in the SC. Also that I can't believe that capt of CSK didn't know M's role."

Meanwhile, on the eve of the clash against Bangladesh in Mirpur, Dhoni gave the pre-match press conference a miss, with India's media manager Dr RN Baba issuing a gag order on the media, stating that questions will be entertained "only on ICC World Twenty20".

In the morning, Salve took up nearly two-and-a-half hours during the hearing during which the Court also recommended the suspension of CSK and Rajasthan Royals franchises from the IPL to the BCCI's counsel.

The court also suggested that employees of India Cements who are associated with BCCI be barred from performing dual roles. Srinivasan is the managing director of the company.

During the course of the argument, Justice Patnaik asked Salve - whose father NKP Salve was a Board president in the 1980s - for his opinion on whether the court had legal standing "restructuring" an autonomous body like the BCCI. According to reports, Salve said he would respond in writing.

Courtesy: Mid Day

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