'I got death threat to withdraw case against N Srinivasan'

Last Updated: Fri, Sep 27, 2013 12:03 hrs

New Delhi: Elated by the Supreme Court order restraining N Srinivasan from taking charge as BCCI president even if he is elected in the AGM, Cricket Association of Bihar secretary Aditya Verma on Friday alleged that he braved death threats to fight the legal battle against the Tamil Nadu strongman.

Hearing the petition filed by Verma, Supreme Court on Friday allowed the BCCI to go ahead with its Annual General Meeting in Chennai on Sunday but has told Srinivasan not to take charge even if he is elected president.

"I am 300 percent happy with the verdict of the honourable Supreme Court. This is a lonely battle that I had to fight against a powerful sports administrator like Mr Srinivasan. I had full faith in judiciary," Verma said.

Asked that whether he can claim total victory as the court has not debarred Srinivasan from contesting the BCCI elections, Verma said, "The court has said that Srinivasan can't take charge as the case is pending."

"Now it's upto the Board members to decide whether they can allow Srinivasan to contest the elections as he has no power to discharge the president's functions."

The CAB secretary also claimed that he received a threat call from a particular cell phone number on Thursday evening.

"I received a life threat at 6:16 pm yesterday. An anonymous caller told me to withdraw the case but for me it was a matter of truth," claimed Verma.

Verma provided the cell phone number from which the alleged call was made to him.

Srinivasan was forced to step aside after his son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings Team Principal Gurunath Meiyappan's name cropped up in the IPL betting scandal. CSK is owned by Srinivasan's company India Cements.

Meiyappan, who is currently out on bail, was recently chargesheeted by the Mumbai Crime Branch.

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