The two-member BCCI panel probing the allegation that the Board hired a UK-based security and investigations firm to spy on its members is taking its time to submit its report.
This is despite the firm, Page Protective Services (PPS), providing the required documents on the snooping scandal, which rocked the Board two years ago, to the panel comprising current BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke and G Ganga Raju.
In 2013-14, Shivlal Yadav was the interim president when it was alleged that the BCCI paid $900,000 (approx R6 crore) to PPS for surveillance on fellow officials. Many BCCI members alleged that PPS might have snooped into their communication channels including phone, e-mails and SMS. Last November, the BCCI had constituted the two-man committee.
“We have received documents from PPS and we are analysing the papers,” Raju told HT. “Only after analysing we will be able to find out exactly how much damage has been done to the BCCI or its members. I think it will take some more time.”
Earlier, the BCCI had written to PPS to provide the details of the information the firm had handed over to the earlier regime.
According to sources, the BCCI is completely against the implementation of Justice RM Lodha Committee recommendations and the findings of the snooping scandal could tarnish its reputation further and pose more difficulties in the Board’s fight to protect its turf.
Earlier, deposing before the panel, then-secretary Sanjay Patel and BCCI treasurer, Anirudh Chaudhry, who held the post under N Srinivasan as well, had denied that fellow members were under surveillance. According to sources, they told the probe panel that the company was hired to protect the Board’s interests and to counter sacked IPL chief Lalit Modi, who was releasing BCCI documents in social media.
Modi had tweeted in February 2014 that someone in the BCCI had authorised a London agency to mount 24-hour surveillance on Justice Mukul Mudgal during his trip to London in connection with the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal probe.