Resuming hearing into the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing and betting scandal, the Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday revealed that the suspended Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president N Srinivasan figures among the 13 people named in the sealed report submitted by the Justice Mukul Mudgal committee.
Srinivasan had on Tuesday filed an affidavit questioning why the SC has removed him as BCCI president, requesting the apex court to reinstate him as he is innocent and none of the charges against him have been proved. However, the SC said he can’t discharge his duties in the BCCI office. The court has also asked the BCCI to reply as to how the probe against those named in the report should be done.
The SC believes BCCI should itself do the probe to maintain its functional autonomy; however, in such case, Srinivasan cannot be part of the BCCI. And if BCCI doesn’t probe the matter, the court suggested appointment of a Special Investigation Team (SIT).
The top court, meanwhile, allowed IPL’s chief operating officer (COO), Sundar Raman, to continue in his position. Bihar Cricket Association’s general secretary, Aditya Verma, who is the petitioner, had earlier asked removal of Raman from his post.
BCCI had earlier also requested SC to provide them with the recording of the deposition made by India captain MS Dhoni, Srinivasan and Raman to the Mudgal committee. Verma’s counsel Harish Salve had said that Dhoni lied in front of the Mudgal committee and hid the real identity of former Chennai Super Kings Team Prinicipal and Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, against whom charges of betting in the IPL have been proved. The SC on Wednesday agreed to hear that plea by the BCCI.
The Supreme Court had on March 28 suspended Srinivasan as BCCI president, appointing Sunil Gavaskar and Shivlal Yadav to look after the IPL and BCCI functions, respectively.
The IPL begins today in the UAE, where the first 20 matches of the league will be played due to General Elections in India.