Supreme Court Refuses to Reinstate N Srivasan as BCCI President

Justice Mudgal committee has been given a two momths extension by the Supreme Court to finish its final probe in the IPL 2013 spot-fixing and betting scandal.

The supreme court bench headed by Justice TS Thakur gave a big set back to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president-in-exile N Srinivasan by refusing to reinstate him at the helm of the Indian board.

Few days back, the Mudgal panel had also sought a two-month extension to the supreme court to complete its probe. Last October, the apex court had constituted the Mudgal panel which is headed by Justice Mukul Mudgal to investigate the spot-fixing and betting case in the case-rich Indian Premier League. The three-member panel led by Justice Mudgal has L Nageswara Rao and senior advocate Nilay Dutta in it.

The committee, which was being assisted by former senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer BB Mishra, had been given all investigative powers, including search and seizure of relevant documents and recording evidence. However, it cannot carry out any arrests. The committee was assured of assistance from one senior police officer each from Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi.

The spot fixing and betting scandal took place during the 2013 edition of IPL, when the Delhi Police arrested three Rajasthan Royals cricketers which includes S. Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan in Mumbai. Then, Mumbai police also unearthed betting links after they arrested the then Chennai Super Kings owner Gurunath Meiyappan, who is also the son-in-law of N. Srinivasan, and Bollywood actor Vindu Dara Singh.