IPL: 3-member panel to be proposed by BCCI to SC
Posted on Apr 21 2014 | IBNS
Mumbai, Apr 20 : The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will propose to the Supreme Court on Tuesday names of a three member panel that would investigate the allegations of betting and spot-fixing during the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) last year.
"The three members are the former Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court, Jai Narayan Patel, the former Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation, R.K. Raghavan, and the former India captain-turned-commentator, Ravi Shastri," The Hindu reported.
In the wake of the Supreme Court (SC)'s observation on its suspended president N Srinivasan in connection with the IPL spot fixing scandal, the BCCI held its emergent Working Committee meeting in Mumbai on Sunday where the decision was taken.
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.