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Supreme Court reserves order on constituting panel to probe Srinivasan and others

Tuesday, 29 April 2014 - 1:29pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: PTI

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The Supreme Court today reserved its order on constituting a probe panel to investigate allegations against N Srinivasan and 12 cricketers in the IPL betting and spot-fixing scandal.

A bench headed by Justice A K Patnaik, which had suggested that the probe be conducted by the Justice Mudgal Committee, reserved the order after BCCI and Srinivasan opposed further investigation by the committee and pleaded for setting up a fresh panel.

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

The court said that it had suggested further probe by the Mudgal Committee itself to maintain confidentiality of the allegations. It said that the allegations would be known to other people if a fresh panel comprising new members is allowed to conduct the probe.

Earlier, the apex court had asked the Committee whether it will be willing to conduct further probe against N Srinivasan and 12 others in the scandal.

It had said that the committee will be given assistance by investigating agencies if it agrees to conduct further probe against 13 people who were named by it in a sealed envelope after it conducted initial investigation in the scandal.

BCCI had also informed the court that it had decided to constitute a three-member panel to further probe the scandal but the bench said it will pass the order after hearing all the parties and after considering Justice Mudgal Committee's reply. 

The all-powerful working committee of the Board had in its emergent meeting on April 20 decided to suggest the names of former all-rounder Ravi Shastri, former Calcutta High Court Chief Justice JN Patel and ex-CBI director R K Raghavan as members of the probe committee.

The apex court had on April 16 expressed reservations over a SIT or CBI probe, saying that institutional autonomy of the Board has to be maintained and a committee constituted by the BCCI to look into the issue would be preferred.

The court had said that it cannot "close its eyes" to the allegations made by its probe committee in the scandal and a probe must be conducted to clear the air as some prominent players were named in the report submitted in sealed envelop.

Earlier, Justice Mudgal, who had headed a three-member committee, had submitted a report in a sealed envelope to the court. 

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