The Supreme Court on Tuesday overruled the three-member panel which was proposed by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to investigate corruption in IPL 6. The proposed panel by BCCI included former Test player and well-known commentator Ravi Shastri, ex-Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court Jai Narain Patel and former CBI chief RK Raghavan. There are as many as thirteen names, including BCCI president N. Srinivasan, which figure in an inquiry report submitted to the apex court by Mudgal committee.
The apex court has now asked Justice Mukul Mudgal if he will be able to probe the alleged misdeeds with the help of court directed investigators.
The alleged scam which took plced had some bug names including that of MS Dhoni who was linked with the scam. Mudgal committee has alleged that Indian captain mislead the probe by not hiding information about Gurunath, who was a Chennai Super Kings team official, and the son-in-law of Srinivasan.
BCCI’s panel faced conflict of interest questions, as Ravi Shastri is the employee of the BCCI, while Patel is related to BCCI’s vice-president Shivlal Yadav. The third member Raghavan is secretary of Tamil Nadu Cricket Association. Srinivasan is the president of TNCA.
The Board members, on pressure from some sections called an emergency meeting to discuss the panel, took almost three hours to decide three names.
Former BCCI chief Shashank Manohar objected to Raghavan’s name but the former CBI chief got selected to the panel on more number of votes. Raghavan was the CBI boss during the match-fixing inquiry in 2000.
Another former BCCI president Sharad Pawar echoed Manohar’s sentiments objecting to Justice Patel’s selection saying he was Yadav’s brother-in-law and said it was case of conflict of interest.
Meanwhile, the Petitioner is demanding Supreme Court to order a CBI or NIA probe into the IPL scam. Last week, the Supreme Court specified that it wanted to protect the BCCI’s autonomy, but at the same time the judges added “if compelled, they may even hand it over to the CBI.”