Mumbai, Apr 20 IBNS | 7 months ago

In the wake of the Supreme Court (SC)'s observation on its suspended president N Srinivasan in connection with the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot fixing scandal, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is all set to hold its emergent Working Committee meeting in Mumbai on Sunday.

The Board needs to take a stand on how it will follow the apex court's order which has asked the BCCI to reply on the way it will conduct a probe into the match-fixing and betting allegations against those named in the report.

It also needs to find a leadership for the BCCI.

This comes after Supreme Court on Wednesday revealed that Srinivasan has been named among 13 other people in the sealed report submitted by the Justice Mukul Mudgal committee in connection with the spot fixing scandal.

The apex court, thereby, said that Srinivasan cannot perform any duties of BCCI and that its interim order of Mar 28 will stand.

The court has asked the BCCI to reply on how it will conduct a probe into the match-fixing and betting allegations against those named in the report .

The SC wants BCCI to do the probe itself to maintain its functional autonomy; however, in such case, Srinivasan cannot be part of the BCCI. It also suggested the appointment of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) if the BCCI doesn't probe the matter.

The Supreme Court last month ordered Srinivasan to resign from his post to ensure a fair probe in the IPL spot-fixing case.

A two-member Supreme Court bench comprising Justice AK Patnaik and Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla had heard the inquiry reports submitted by the Justice Mukul Mudgal Committee on the scam.

The Indian Premier League Probe Committee, headed by Justice (Retd) Mukul Mudgal, who had been appointed by the Supreme Court to look into IPL 6 scam, submitted its report on Feb 10 where it found Srinivasan's son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) team's Gurunath Meiyappan guilty of match-fixing.

The 170-page report, filed in the Supreme Court said Meiyappan had fixed and put bets on IPL matches.

The Supreme Court also installed former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar as the interim chief of the BCCI replacing Srinivasan for the Indian Premier League (IPL) seventh edition affairs.

While Gavaskar now heads the affairs of the cash rich cricket league that is mired in controversy over spot fixing and betting, the non-IPL chief of BCCI is former Indian cricketer Shivlal Yadav.

The seventh edition of IPL commences in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday evening.

(Posted on 21-04-2014)

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