In spite of opposition from the Board of Control for cricket in India, the Supreme Court has asked Justice Mukul Mudgal to carry on the probe into the Indian Premier League spot-fixing and betting controversy that rocked Indian cricket last year. The two-judge Bench ordered on Friday that a report must be submitted by the new panel in a sealed envelope by August-end.
Appointed in October last year, Justice Mudgal had headed a three-man committee -- additional solicitor general L Nageswara Rao and senior advocate Nilay Dutta were the others -- that investigated the IPL scam. It had submitted two reports and a sealed envelope to the Supreme Court on February 10. Rao and Dutta will also be part of the new panel.
The Supreme Court said a group of investigators headed by senior IPS officer BB Mishra will assist the Mudgal Committee. The fresh panel will have all the powers to probe, search and seize relevant documents and record evidence. The committee will have all the powers except the power to arrest. One former cricketer "of repute and integrity" will be chosen by Mudgal and Mishra.