New Delhi, Aug 5 IBNS | 2 years ago

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday moved the Supreme Court against the Bombay High Court order terming its panel formed to probe the Indian Premier League (IPL) scam is "unconstitutional and illegal".

N. Srinivasan's formal return as BCCI chief was thwarted on Friday with the cancellation of its Working Committee meeting here, while the cricket board said it will move the Supreme Court against the Bombay High Court ruling.

According to reports, even though the board members had gathered for the meeting, it was called off suddenly without stating any reason.

As a mark of his formal return as the BCCI president, Srinivasan was scheduled to chair the cricket body's Working Committee meeting.

"At its meeting in Delhi earlier today, the IPL Governing Council (Mr. N. Srinivasan having recused himself) considered at length, the issues arising from the Bombay High Court's order regarding the constitution of the probe commission, which was formed to investigate the complaints made by the BCCI against India Cements Limited, Jaipur IPL Cricket Private Limited, Mr. Gurunath Meiyappan and Mr Raj Kundra," said BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel in a statement on Friday.

"As a matter of principle, the members confirmed that it was important that the Governing Council's actions be and be seen to be both legally and ethically correct. The Governing Council believes that the probe commission was properly constituted in accordance with the IPL Operational Rules, and has consequently decided that an appeal should be filed in the Honourable Supreme Court," said Patel.

He said Jagmohan Dalmiya will continue as the interim president of the BCCI.

"This decision having been made, Mr. N. Srinivasan rejoined the meeting and, in the light of the pending appeal to the Supreme Court, requested Mr. Jagmohan Dalmiya to continue discharging his functions at the BCCI for the present," said Patel.

The lid was blown off the IPL scam after Rajasthan Royals players S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan - were arrested along with 11 bookies from Mumbai on May 16 for their role in spot-fixing in the ongoing tournament.

(Posted on 05-08-2013)