Demand to replace probe panel members

  • Khurram Habib, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Jun 14, 2013 01:39 IST

Some senior cricket officials want the Board to replace the two retired judges who constitute the inquiry panel to investigate two domestic T20 teams and their owners' involvement in the betting and spot-fixing scandal, according to sources.

If required, these officials are even willing to get a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed in their bid to ensure the two members are replaced.

Some members are unhappy that former high court judges R Balasubramaniam and JS Chowta, both picked while N Srinivasan was active as president, were not removed once Jagmohan Dalmiya took charge as interim president. They are also not convinced by Dalmiya's justification to retain them, at the emergent working committee meeting held here on Monday.

“Dalmiya’s response was surprising. When some members wanted these two judges to be replaced by people of higher stature like former Chief Justices of India, M N Venkatachaliah or SH Kapadia, or Mukul Mudgal (ex-chief justice, Punjab and Haryana High Court), Dalmiya said, ‘we cannot insult the judges by removing them. It will also reflect poorly on Indian judiciary’,” a Board official said.

A Board official opposed to retaining the two judges in the panel, also raised a possible conflict of interest against one of the members, but it was rejected at the meeting.

As far as Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, the two teams in focus in the current scandal, are concerned, sources said it has almost been decided to let them off with a fine instead of suspending or banning them. The probe panel initially had three members, but Sanjay Jagdale quit after he resigned as BCCI secretary.


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