New Delhi: IPL chairman and Union Minister Rajeev Shukla on Thursday came out in defence of BCCI president N Srinivasan, saying there is no need for him to step down.

"What is the need for BCCI chief to step down? If some MPs take bribe, does it mean Parliament should be closed," Shukla said.

"Whoever is caught should be punished, but is there any evidence against him (Srinivasan)?" he questioned.

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Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, chief executive of Chennai Super Kings team of the IPL, has been summoned by Mumbai police in connection with the ongoing IPL spot fixing controversy.

The ongoing edition of Indian Premier League plunged into a major controversy following the arrest of three Rajasthan Royals players – S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila on charges of spot-fixing.

More details emerged after Mumbai Police arrested former Bollywood actor and late wrestler Dara Singh’s son – Vindoo Dara Singh. Vindoo has already confessed of being involved in the illegal business of fixing matches and the police further found that he was in constant touch with Chennai Super Kings Team Principal Gurunath Meiyappan, son in law of BCCI chief N Srinivasan.

Mumbai Police have asked Gurunath Meiyappan to appear before them and the latter has sought some more time. It’s also being said that Gurunath will be grilled after IPL 6 concludes.

(JPN/Agencies)

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