IPL: SC refuses stay on Bombay HC ruling

New Delhi, Aug 7 : The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to grant interim stay on the Bombay High Court's ruling that said the two-member internal inquiry panel set up by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to probe the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing scandal was 'illegal and unconstitutional'.

The apex court, however, said it will conduct its final hearing on the Board's Special Leave Petition (SLP) against the High Court order on Aug 29.

The apex court has also issued notices to the Cricket Association of Bihar, which had petitioned the High Court against the findings of the panel appointed by the BCCI.

Commenting on SC's ruling, BCCI Vice President Rajiv Shukla on Wednesday said the board will abide by the decision of the apex court.

"Whatever the Supreme Court has decided, we will abide by that and accordingly we will proceed," he told media.

Earlier on Monday, the BCCI moved the Supreme Court against the Bombay High Court order terming its panel formed to probe the spot-fixing scam as "unconstitutional and illegal".

N. Srinivasan's formal return as BCCI chief was thwarted last Friday with the cancellation of its Working Committee meeting here.

The two-member internal probe panel, comprising former judges T Jayaram Chouta and R Balasubramanian, had exonerated both Raj Kundra and Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan in their report.

It had said that Rajasthan Royals owner Raj Kundra was found not guilty for lack of any evidence as the witness who had previously deposed before the Mumbai police later retracted his statement.

Regarding Meiyappan, it had said that the commission apparently was not given any cooperation by Mumbai police who refused to depose before them the details of their inquiry as they it had no legal locus standi.

As a result the commission was left with no alternative but to base their enquiry on the information available on public domain which were not enough, sources had said.

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.

--IBNS (Posted on 08-08-2013)

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