Nothing the Board of Control for Cricket in India surprises one anymore. While the origins of the probe panel are still a mystery, the BCCI tried it's hardest to keep Aditya Verma, secretary of the non-recognised Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB), from filing the PIL in the Bombay HC.
Once they failed to do so, they then tried to bribe him to wihtdraw the case -- money, threats and whatever else had a chance of working were delivered by a "particular South Indian lobby" to Verma.
A report in the Mail Today, details just how Verma was coerced and harassed.
“A particular South Indian lobby tried to bribe me to withdraw the case,” Verma told Mail Today on Wednesday. “It offered me many things, including money, but I did not buckle under any pressure and continued my fight for cleansing Indian cricket of corruption. They told me that I would benefit a lot if I withdrew the case. They also tried to bribe me in many other ways.”
Verma refused to divulge the names of the people who tried to bribe him, saying the matter was sub-judice. But the hints dropped by the lobby were pretty obvious. When they saw that money and gifts were not getting the desired results, they got personal.
“They asked me. Why are you playing with the future of the career of your cricketer son?” said Verma.
Verma's son plays under-19 cricket but he was not deterred. As a passing shot, Verma said: “The BCCI has become very arrogant.”
Srinivasan and the BCCI have made light of the High Court judgement. There have been reports that they will take the case to the Supreme Court now.
Updated Date: Aug 01, 2013 13:33:17 IST