Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014

IPL spot fixing scandal: Do you want to probe charges against N Srinivasan? SC asks Mudgal probe panel

SC allowed access of audio transcripts of statements made by N Srinivasan and M S Dhoni before the IPL probe panel. SC allowed access of audio transcripts of statements made by N Srinivasan and M S Dhoni before the IPL probe panel.
Express News Service | New Delhi | Posted: April 22, 2014 12:48 pm | Updated: April 22, 2014 5:39 pm

The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked Justice Mudgal probe panel if it was willing to also probe allegations in secret report that contains “serious allegations” againt 13 persons, including ousted BCCI chief N Srinivasan.

“Assistance of investigating agencies would be provided to the committee if it agrees to conduct probe,” the court said.

A bench headed by Justice A K Patnaik said the committee will be given assistance by investigating agencies if it agrees to conduct further probe against 13 people who were named by it in a sealed envelope after it conducted initial investigation in the scandal.

The Board also informed the court that it has decided to constitute a three-member panel to further probe the scandal but the bench said it will pass the order after hearing all the parties and after considering Justice Mudgal Committee’s reply.

The BCCI had suggested names of former India all-rounder Ravi Shastri, former Calcutta High Court Chief Justice J N Patel and ex-CBI Director R K Raghavan as members of the probe committee.

The SC had directed the BCCI to suggest names of persons who will conduct a “fair probe” into the IPL VI spot-fixing and betting scandal.

During the hearing, the apex court allowed access of audio transcripts of statements made by N Srinivasan and M S Dhoni before the IPL probe panel to BCCI and the ousted chief.

The court asked Justice Mudgal Committee to submit audio recordings of its proceedings before apex court’s Secretary General.

It also directed BCCI and Srinivasan not to reveal anything about the contents of audio recordings to anyone. “Any content of the audio recording going out means cricket would be ‘blackened’ in the country,” the court said.

(With PTI inputs)

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