Supreme Court allows president-in-exile to take charge of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI); Cannot deal with matters on Indian Premier League (IPL).
Clearing the last legal hurdle for his return,the Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed N Srinivasan to take charge of office as the BCCI chief,with the only rider that he and the Board will not interfere in any manner with the fresh probe into the IPL betting and spot fixing scandal.
The fresh probe,a bench of Justices A K Patnaik and J S Khehar held,will be carried out by a three-member panel and that BCCI and Srinivasan shall cooperate with it to ensure all the documents and records sought by the panel are provided.
The new panel will be headed by former Punjab and Haryana Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal and its other two members are Additional Solicitor General L Nageshwar Rao a former cricketer,and senior advocate and Assam Cricket Association member Niloy Dutta. The court has asked the panel to probe into the 2013 IPL spot-fixing case and preferably conclude its inquiry within 4 months. Their report will be submitted in the apex court.
All the three names were suggested to the BCCI and the Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) a day ago by the court,as it favoured a completely independent committee wherein members know cricket well and were also persons of integrity.
The bench had asked them to ponder over the names and come back with their responses on the suggestion. It had also indicated some positive orders enabling N Srinivasans return as the BCCI president if both the parties concurred on the court-suggested panel.
On Tuesday,counsel for the BCCI and CAB expressed their agreement over the members of the panel and gave their nods.
However,there were arguments between the two sides over the return of Srinivasan at the helm of affairs. Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi,appearing for the CAB,opposed his assumption of chiefs post,pointing out the BCCI had been working well without him in the last four months.
He said that Srinivasans absence had not affected the functioning of the Board and Jagmohan Dalmiya had filled up for him really well.
The bench however did not find favour with CABs arguments,particularly in view of the new probe panel being set up by the court. It is now for them to decide. We dont want to be alleged to have committed judicial overreach. Judicial overreach is a frequently used term now a days and we would like to remain within the parameters of this petition,which relates only to the probe, retorted the bench.
The court,in its order,then recorded how it had allowed the BCCI to go ahead with its poll but prohibited Srinivasan from assuming the office if he was re-elected as the president. It then lifted the embargo against Srinivasan,who had got re-elected and won a years extension.
On BCCIs request,the court also clarified that while ordering for a new panel,it was not casting any aspersion on the two retired high court judges,who had come out with the previous report while comprising a panel set up by the BCCI.
The bench has now fixed the hearing after four months awaiting the report by the new panel. The court is seized of petitions by BCCI and CAB,which have moved the court following the Bombay High Courts July 30 order,declaring as illegal and unconstitutional a BCCI-appointed probe panel to look into irregularities in IPL 2013.
BCCI invites CSA for discussions
The decks for Indias tour of South Africa may get cleared by the third week of this month as BCCI has invited Cricket South Africa (CSA) president Chris Nenzani for discussions on the proposed bilateral series. Interestingly,CSAs chief executive Haroon Lorgat has not been invited for the discussions which could help both the Boards chalk out a decisive roadmap regarding the fate of series.
I have sent a formal invitation to the CSA president to come to India for a detailed discussion regarding the series. The dates of the proposed meeting is yet to be chalked out but the venue will either be Mumbai or Chennai. Once CSA informs us on the schedule of the president,we will announce the date of the meeting, BCCI Secretary Sanjay Patel said.
Asked whether Lorgat will also be present for the meeting,Patel gave a curt response,No. The invitation has only been extended to the president of CSA, he said.
Patel informed that he has been in talks with the South African Board for some time now. Once I took charge after the AGM,I started the dialogue with Cricket South Africa. After having a round of discussions,I decided to extend an invitation to their president. He will meet Srinivasan as there are a host of issues to be discussed.