Supreme Court rejects BCCI's proposed panel to probe IPL scam, asks Mudgal committee if it can help

On a directive from the Supreme Court, the BCCI had named former Test all-rounder Ravi Shastri and former judge Jai Narain Patel in a three-man panel to investigate the IPL scam.

updated: April 22, 2014 12:59 IST
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The Supreme Court has rejected the three-member Board of Control for Cricket in India panel that was proposed to investigate the Indian Premier League 2013 scam. The cricket fraternity was divided over the selection of former Test all-rounder Ravi Shastri, ex-Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court Jai Narain Patel and former CBI boss RK Raghavan by the BCCI. The court had last week directed the Board to suggest a committee that could investigate the 2013 Indian Premier League spot-fixing and betting scandal. Thirteen names, including that of suspended BCCI president N. Srinivasan, figure in an inquiry committee report submitted to the apex court.

The Supreme Court has now asked Justice Mukul Mudgal whether he will be able to probe the scam with the help of investigators. In February this year, the Mudgal committee had submitted a report to the court after a four-month probe. Mudgal has to reply by 2 PM today.

Meanwhile, on a petition from BCCI, the Mudgal committee has provided the audio tapes of its conversation with Srinivasan, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and IPL COO Sundar Raman. Dhoni's name has been linked with the scam and the Indian captain had deposed before the Mudgal panel. Both Srinivasan and Dhoni were questioned by the Mudgal panel on the exact role of Gurunath Meiyappan, who has been indicted for betting and sharing team information. Gurunath, who was a Chennai Super Kings team official, is the son-in-law of Srinivasan.

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