The justice RM Lodha committee appointed by the Supreme Court as part of the investigations in the wake of 2013 IPL spot-fixing, will take more time to submit its full report.
The panel headed by justice Lodha, former chief justice of India, has been asked by the apex court to determine the quantum of punishment against two IPL teams and its senior officials, suggest administrative reforms in the BCCI, and decide the fate of IPL chief operating officer, Sundar Raman.
However, justice Lodha told HT on Monday that his panel is confident of submitting the disciplinary aspect of the report in time. The other retired apex court judges in the panel are justices Ashok Bhan and RV Raveendran. The court appointed the committee in January, asking it to submit its report in six months.
Part of Verdict
In its January 22 verdict, the SC bench headed by justice TS Thakur asked the Lodha panel to recommend punishments for Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings, the two teams in focus over the spot-fixing scandal, and Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra, senior CSK official and Royals co-owner respectively. Both have been charged by the police with involvement in betting on matches.
“We were interested in three demarcated areas, the tasks which were given by the SC. All may not be completed. But regarding the disciplinary aspect, we are working on that. We will try to submit our report at the earliest,” justice Lodha said.
“Nothing is final so far. The BCCI officials have given answers to all the 80 questions we asked them. But we are still meeting players and many stakeholders concerned with it. The interactions are not yet completed. We still meet many people.”
The Lodha panel met former skipper Sourav Ganguly in Kolkata recently. Former Test captain Anil Kumble is also in its list, but he was not available when the members went to Bangalore. But it interviewed former players like Javagal Srinath and Venkatesh Prasad.
Justice Lodha said suggesting reforms in the BCCI was its biggest challenge. “There are so many shades, we are meeting so many people and they have different ideas. Cricket is not a simple game for this country. Every person is concerned about it,” said justice Lodha.
“Cleaning cricket in all formats is also part of our assignment. We are getting inputs from many people. We will try to deal with them. The questions we have prepared are comprehensive and we have circulated them among all stakeholders concerned.”
However, he made it clear that the panel had no intention of meeting Lalit Modi. The sacked IPL commissioner had alleged in an email to the ICC that three international cricketers had links to a builder-bookie.
“Lalit Modi, I don’t think we would like to meet; we have not considered it yet.”