The BCCI on Monday moved the Supreme Court against the Bombay high court order that declared the cricket body’s two-member probe panel, to look into spot-fixing and betting charges in the IPL, as illegal.
Seeking to set aside the HC verdict, the BCCI has claimed that the public interest litigation (PIL), on which the court passed its judgment, wasn’t maintainable against the Board. According to the appeal, the BCCI is a private body and therefore it wasn’t correct on the HC’s part to entertain a PIL against it.
As per rules
The BCCI has also challenged the HC verdict on the ground that its probe panel was as per the rules. If a person had a grievance against it, he or she could have moved the BCCI, the appeal stated. The Board has sought an immediate stay on the HC order.
In a blow to the BCCI and its president, N Srinivasan, the HC had on July 30 held that the two-member commission was constituted in violation of BCCI rules.
“The (probe) commission was not duly constituted and was contrary to and in violation of the provisions of Rules 2.2 and 3 of Section 6 of the Operational Rules (of BCCI),” the high court had said and also rejected Srinivisan’s plea for a stay on its order to enable him to move a higher court in appeal.
The order came two days after the panel, comprising two retired Madras high court judges --- Justice T Jayarama Chouta and Justice R Balasubramanian - gave a clean chit to India Cements Ltd, owners of IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings, and its former team principal Gurunath Meiyappan, Srinivasan’s son-in-law. A similar finding was given in favour of Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra.