Thursday, Oct 23, 2014

IPL probe: SC gets Mudgal back, BCCI panel non-starter

The panel, appointed by the court, left it to the bench to decide on its future role and define the modalities of a further investigation. The bench listed the matter for next week to pass orders. The panel, appointed by the court, left it to the bench to decide on its future role and define the modalities of a further investigation. The bench listed the matter for next week to pass orders.
Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Posted: April 23, 2014 1:34 am

With the Supreme Court Tuesday preferring its own investigators over the one recommended by the BCCI to go into the allegations of corruption in the IPL, the Mudgal panel expressed its readiness to conduct a detailed probe into the “serious allegations” against 13 people, including ousted BCCI chief N Srinivasan.

Responding to a query by the court, the panel’s counsel told a bench of Justices A K Patnaik and F M I Kalifulla that it is willing to abide by any orders and had no reservations against a further probe too.

The panel, appointed by the court, left it to the bench to decide on its future role and define the modalities of a further investigation. The bench listed the matter for next week to pass orders.

Earlier, the court had sought a categorical answer from the counsel representing the Mudgal panel on whether it would conduct a further probe into the allegations in the confidential report it submitted along with two volumes of the main report.

The bench said that it wanted the panel to probe further since “a lot of damage will be done to cricket” if details of the confidential report are leaked.

“What if we mandate it to you to probe also into this (secret report) and we give you more investigative powers? The reason (for this) is to maintain secrecy. We realise this requires investigation. You (counsel) take instructions and tell us. In case, the panel is willing, also tell us who would they want as investigators,” the court said.

It observed that the panel probably decided not to investigate the contents of the confidential report since it was beyond its terms of reference and also because it did not have adequate investigative powers.

The court noted that it was not inclined to hand over the probe either to the police or the CBI since both agencies were “badly managed”. It put on hold a decision on the BCCI’s recommendation for a three-member committee, comprising former India all-rounder Ravi Shastri, former Calcutta High Court chief justice J N Patel and former CBI director R K Raghavan.

While turning down a fresh plea by Srinivasan to return to the helm of affairs at the board as its elected chief, the SC had directed the BCCI to suggest names of persons who will conduct a “fair probe” into the IPL betting and spot-fixing scandal.

As the hearing began Tuesday, BCCI counsel C A Sundaram proposed the new committee and also included minutes of the meeting to show how the three were nominated.

The names continued…

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