New Delhi, Mar. 25 ANI | 9 months ago

Justice Mukul Mudgal said it was the Supreme Court's observation and not an order where the court asked BCCI president N.Srinivasan to consider stepping down in order to facilitate a fair probe of the IPL betting and spot fixing scam.

"It depends entirely on the Supreme Court (SC) it is their observation, and not an order, hence, we should wait until day after tomorrow. It is not unprecedented that court sometimes want something to be kept as confidential," Justice Mudgal said.

He (Justice Mudgal) also conveyed that he cannot make any comments on whether Srinivasan should quit his post or not.

" I cannot say anything about this, this is the work of the SC," Justice Mudgal added.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president N.Srinivasan to consider stepping down to facilitate a fair probe into the spot fixing scandal that hit the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) last year.

Setting the next date of the hearing of the case for Thursday (March 27), the apex court observed that a fair probe would only be possible if Srinivasan steps down from his post.

The Supreme Court made its observation on reports submitted to it by a probe panel headed by retired Justice Mukul Mudgal.

Justice Mukul Mudgal and his team - including L. Nageswara Rao and Nilay Dutta - had submitted their probe panel report on February 10. The Mudgal committee submitted two reports to the Supreme Court on February 10.

The first, signed by retired judge Justice Mudgal and Additional Solicitor General of India L. Nageswara Rao, asked the court to "decide the further course of action" because the probe committee did not have the power to impose punishment. Another supplementary report, signed by Nilay Dutta, a vice-president of Assam Cricket Association and a member of the IPL Governing Council, said: "This should not be misinterpreted to mean that the report suggests that the Hon'ble Court would decide on the punishment or penalty to be imposed."

Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, who was a team official of Chennai Super Kings, has been indicted by a Supreme Court appointed inquiry committee of betting and sharing team information.

A two-member Supreme Court bench comprising Justice A.K. Patnaik and Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla heard the details of the inquiry reports submitted by the Justice Mukul Mudgal committee on betting and match-fixing in Indian Premier League 2013.

(Posted on 26-03-2014)

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