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The apex court had last week rejected Srinivasan’s plea to reinstate him as BCCI chief, saying he had effectively turned a blind eye to allegations of wrongdoing in the IPL. Photo: Hindustan Times
The apex court had last week rejected Srinivasan’s plea to reinstate him as BCCI chief, saying he had effectively turned a blind eye to allegations of wrongdoing in the IPL. Photo: Hindustan Times

BCCI to suggest three-member panel to probe IPL spot-fixing

Board decides on Jai Narain Patel, R.K. Raghavan, Ravi Shastri to look into Mudgal panel allegations

New Delhi/Mumbai: The Indian cricket board on Sunday decided to recommend to the Supreme Court a three-man panel to probe a spot-fixing scandal that hit the Indian Premier League (IPL), an official said.

The apex court had last week asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to provide details of how it planned to conduct a fresh probe into the scandal, or face investigation by a court-appointed tribunal. BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel declined to disclose the names in the proposed panel, saying the list will be handed to the court at the next hearing on Tuesday.

The panel will comprise former captain and commentator Ravi Shastri, Jai Narain Patel, an ex-chief justice of the Kolkata high court, and R.K. Raghavan, who earlier headed the Central Bureau of Investigation, AFP reported, citing TV channels and PTI.

“I would give them (the BCCI appointed three-member probe committee) the benefit of doubt and expect that they will carry out their responsibility with all seriousness," said Atul Wassan, former Indian cricketer and commentator. “I am not sure what good will come out of it all. The committee should have some locus standi to investigate this matter. The allegations of spot-fixing and betting made in the Mukul Mudgal committee report can only be corroborated by law-enforcing agencies, so I’m not sure what this probe panel will be able to achieve on its own."

On 16 April, the Supreme Court told BCCI to investigate allegations of betting and spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League made by the court-appointed Mudgal committee report against suspended BCCI president N. Srinivasan and others. Lawyers for BCCI will put forward the three names on Tuesday, hoping the court will accept the proposal to prevent an outside agency from interfering in the case.

“To my mind, the Supreme Court should designate a panel to investigate this matter (rather than rely on the BCCI)," said Shailendra Singh, joint managing director, Percept Ltd. “After having witnessed all the controversy and allegations surrounding the IPL, it is embarrassing to see that we are expecting the BCCI to set up a yet another panel to investigate this matter. The writing is on the wall."

The apex court had last week rejected Srinivasan’s plea to reinstate him as BCCI chief, saying he had effectively turned a blind eye to allegations of wrongdoing in the IPL.

The court said Srinivasan— who is due to take over as chairman of the International Cricket Council in July—was among 13 people listed in the report by the Mudgal panel.

The court did not disclose the other names, saying allegations against the 13 were unsubstantiated and needed to be probed further.

The court last month ordered Srinivasan to stand aside, installing Sunil Gavaskar as interim BCCI head, charged with overseeing the ongoing IPL Twenty20 tournament.

The court said Srinivasan’s presence as BCCI head would prevent a fair investigation into the allegations.

The panel’s report, sections of which were released in February, concluded that Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan—who was the team principal of the Chennai Super Kings—could be guilty of illegal betting on IPL games.

The Super Kings are owned by India Cements, whose managing director is Srinivasan. The team is captained by India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

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