The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved its verdict on setting up a panel to probe into allegations against ousted BCCI president N Srinivasan and 12 others in the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal. A bench headed by Justice AK Patnaik reserved the order after hearing arguments from counsels of Justice Mukul Mudgal Committee, BCCI and Srinivasan.
At the beginning of the hearing, the Mudgal panel expressed its willingness to further probe the scam and sought the services of former CBI special director ML Sharma and officers from the police departments of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Jaipur among others. It also requested the court to direct the BCCI to cooperate with the panel while assuring the probe shall be concluded in four months.
The BCCI counsel, however, objected to roping in the Mudgal panel once again and claimed some of its findings against Srinivasan and India captain MS Dhoni, in the earlier report, were erroneous.
Srinivasan's lawyer also said that his client should be reinstated if the court had made up its mind on having an external probe committee and not let BCCI probe the allegations in the sealed cover report.
Earlier, the court had put on hold the BCCI-proposed three-member committee, comprising former India all-rounder Ravi Shastri, former Calcutta high court chief justice JN Patel and former CBI director RK Raghavan.
The names proposed by the BCCI were opposed by the counsel for the Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB), the petitioner in the case, saying all three had serious conflict of interest. CAB's counsel said while Shastri was "heavily sponsored" by the BCCI, Patel was the brother-in-law of Shivlal Yadav, who is acting as the BCCI president for all matters except the IPL. On Raghavan, the counsel said he was a member of a cricket club affiliated to the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association, headed by Srinivasan.
In February this year, the Mudgal committee had submitted a report to the apex court after a four-month probe in which 13 people including Srinivasan and some known cricketers were named in a sealed envelope.
Last month, the court had asked Srinivasan not to discharge his official duties as president of the cricket body till the time the court passes its final verdict on the issue.