Supreme Court allows president-in-exile to take charge of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI); Cannot deal with matters on Indian Premier League (IPL).
Clearing the last legal hurdle for his return, the Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed N Srinivasan to take charge of office as the BCCI chief, with the only rider that he and the Board will not interfere in any manner with the fresh probe into the IPL betting and spot fixing scandal.
The fresh probe, a bench of Justices A K Patnaik and J S Khehar held, will be carried out by a three-member panel and that BCCI and Srinivasan “shall cooperate” with it to ensure all the documents and records sought by the panel are provided.
The new panel will be headed by former Punjab and Haryana Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal and its other two members are Additional Solicitor General L Nageshwar Rao – a former cricketer, and senior advocate and Assam Cricket Association member Niloy Dutta. The court has asked the panel to probe into the 2013 IPL spot-fixing case and preferably conclude its inquiry within 4 months. Their report will be submitted in the apex court.
All the three names were suggested to the BCCI and the Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) a day ago by the court, as it favoured a “completely independent” committee wherein members “know cricket well” and were also “persons of integrity.”
The bench had asked them to ponder over the names and come back with their responses on the suggestion. It had also indicated some positive orders enabling N Srinivasan’s return as the BCCI president if both the parties concurred on the court-suggested panel.
On Tuesday, counsel for the BCCI and CAB expressed their agreement over the members of the panel and gave their nods.
However, there were arguments between the two sides over the return of Srinivasan at the helm of affairs. Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for the CAB, opposed his assumption of chief’s post, pointing out the BCCI had been working well without him in the last four months.
He said that Srinivasan’s absence had not affected the functioning of the Board and Jagmohan Dalmiya had filled up for him really well.
The bench however did not find favour with CAB’s arguments, particularly in view of the new probe panel being set up by the court. “It is now for