Cricketing greats Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman desposed before the BCCI Ethics officer and former justice of Supreme Court DK Jain at a five-star hotel in New Delhi on Tuesday in relation to the duo’s ‘conflict of interest’ issue.
It is learnt that the complainant Sanjeev Gupta of Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) and BCCI CEO Rahul Johri have also been summoned for deposition by justice Jain.
Tendulkar’s deposition began at 10:30 am and ran till 3:30 pm, delaying VVS Laxman’s deposition, which was to begin at 2:30 pm by an hour.
While both cricketers were present for the meeting, Tendulkar was also accompanied by his lawyer Amit Sibal.
Both cricketers have denied having any conflict and in fact blamed BCCI for the mess as the Board never mentioned before their written submission that there is ‘tractable Conflict of Interest’ which can be sorted on full disclosure.
The next hearing will be held on May 20 and all parties have been asked to provide written submissions. The parties have been told not to discuss the matter outside.
Both Tendulkar and Laxman are members of Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) are also associated with IPL franchises Mumbai Indians (as Icon) and Sunrises Hyderabad (as Mentor), respectively.