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Supreme Court reserves order on IPL probe panel

MUMBAI: The Supreme Court today reserved its order on constituting a probe panel to investigate allegations of corruptions against suspended Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president N Srinivasan and 12 others named in a sealed envelope.
The BCCI’s lawyers objected to Justice Mukul Mudgal conducting further investigations into betting and spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

A bench headed by Justice AK Patnaik, which had suggested that the probe be conducted by the Justice Mudgal Committee, reserved the order after the BCCI and Srinivasan opposed further investigation by the committee. The BCCI has requested for a new panel.

The bench said that it cannot come to any findings regarding the allegations levelled by the Mudgal committee report against Srinivasan and the 12 others named in a sealed envelope until a duly constituted probe committee looks into the allegations.

The Supreme Court is expected to issue an interim order regarding the composition of the second IPL corruption probe panel within a few days before it goes for summer vacation. The next hearing of the case will be in September, after the court-appointed panel has completed its investigation.

The Justice Mukul Mudgal commission wants the help of former CBI special director ML Sharma, a senior officer preferably not below the rank of assistant commissioner of police each from the Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai police, and a former Indian cricketer of repute and integrity to help it with its investigation.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court bench in a relief to Srinivasan refused to stop him from attending International Cricket Council (ICC) meetings. In spite of representing petitioner Cricket Association of Bihar Nalini Chidambaram, urging the court to bar Srinivasan representing BCCI at ICC, the court said, “We are not concerned with the issue at present. Let us concentrate on the probe issue.”