India's cricket chief Narainswamy Srinivasan. Pic: AP.

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Supreme Court has called on Indian cricket board chief Narainswamy Srinivasan to step down from his post to ensure a fair investigation into charges of match-fixing in the Indian Premier League.

Srinivasan’s son-in-law, Gurunath Meiyappan, was indicted last month on charges of betting and passing on information to illegal bookmakers by a committee investigating match-fixing in the IPL.

The Supreme Court bench said Tuesday that if Srinivasan does not step down voluntarily from the Board of Control for Cricket in India, the court will order his removal. The court will reconvene in two days.

The IPL fixing controversy erupted last year after several cricketers, including test paceman Shantakumaran Sreesanth, were arrested by Indian police for allegedly giving away a minimum number of runs in exchange for money from bookies.

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