Supreme Court set to name IPL probe panel, decide N. Srinivasan's fate

Apex court may also decide N. Srinivasan's fate as BCCI president. Till the Supreme Court disposes of a petition filed by the Cricket Association of Bihar, the 68-year-old Srinivasan cannot execute his duties as Board chief.

updated: October 08, 2013 09:33 IST
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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday will discuss a panel that will launch a fresh enquiry into the spot-fixing scandal surrounding the Indian Premier League. The apex court is also expected to decide on N. Srinivasan's return as the country's cricket chief. On Monday, the Supreme Court proposed a three-member panel headed by headed by former Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Mukul Mudgal to investigate the scandal that rocked the popular Twenty20 league run by the Board of Control for Cricket in India. Apart from Mudgal, the other members of the three-member panel are senior advocate Niloy Dutta and Additional Solicitor General L. Nageswara Rao. There could be objection on Dutta's name as he is a cricket official from Assam and is on at least two BCCI committees recently approved by Srinivasan.

"We want this committee to probe the spot-fixing and this committee will report to us," said A.K Patnaik, one of two judges hearing the case. Patnaik also told the court that the BCCI's lawyers must reply to the proposal in Tuesday's hearing. The probe will be separate from continuing investigations by police, who have filed charges in court against a string of officials, players and bookmakers in the scandal.

Srinivasan, 68, widely regarded as the most powerful man in world cricket, has been barred by the court from taking charge since his election as the BCCI chief for a third year on September 29. The Supreme Court is acting on a petition filed by the Cricket Association of Bihar. The Bihar association has said that Srinivasan should stay away from the BCCI on moral grounds because his son-in-law had been charged in the scandal.

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