The Supreme Court had adjourned till March 25 the hearing of the reports on corruption in the Indian Premier League submitted by a three-member inquiry committee. The matter was listed in the apex court on Friday. The Justice Mukul Mudgal-led panel, appointed by the apex court in October last year, submitted its findings on February 10. The 170-page report -- with annexures running into more than 4000 pages - was compiled after recording statements of players, journalists and officials associated with the IPL.
Meanwhile, the BCCI, which runs the IPL, on Thursday pleaded before the Supreme Court not to make public the cricketers named in the report placed in a sealed envelope by its probe committee. The Mudgal committee has named in its report six prominent "Indian capped" players, including one who is part of the current team, whose names cropped up during its betting and spot-fixing investigation.
The BCCI, in its response to the inquiry report, said "speculative and baseless" charges against leading cricketers have been made by "unscrupulous" news channels and the apex court must pass an order to prevent any further damage to the image and reputation of "innocent" cricketers. (Seven big points of BCCI's reply to Supreme Court)