The Supreme Court Tuesday reserved its order on setting up a panel to probe allegation of spot-fixing and betting against Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president N Srinivasan and 12 cricketers in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
A bench headed by justice AK Patnaik, which had suggested that the probe be conducted by the justice Mudgal Committee, reserved the order after BCCI and Srinivasan opposed further investigation by the panel and pleaded for setting up a fresh one.
Senior counsel Gopal Subramaniam at the outset of the hearing told the apex court that justice Mudgal, while agreeing to undertake the probe, has said he would like to be assisted by former CBI director ML Sharma and two police officers, one from Chennai Police and the other from Delhi Police.
The bench said it cannot come to any findings regarding the allegations levelled by the Mudgal committee report against Srinivasan and 12 others until a duly constituted probe committee looks into the allegations.
The court said that it had suggested further probe by the Mudgal committee itself to maintain confidentiality of the allegations. It said that the allegations would be known to other people if a fresh panel comprising new members is allowed to conduct the probe.
However, the BCCI resisted the probe panel, saying that the allegations against the cricketers and Srinivasan are based on an inquiry conducted by justice Mudgal himself.
"Let a fresh probe panel look into the allegations against Srinivasan and other cricketers," BCCI told the SC.?
The BCCI also contested the findings of the Mudgal panel saying they are erroneous and demanded Srinivasan be reinstated as board president till the IPL probe is over.
BCCI also claimed MS Dhoni and Srinivasan did not tell the Mudgal committee that Gurunath Meiyappan was just an enthusiast, CNN-IBN reported.
Apparently, unimpressed by the BCCI submission, justice Patnaik said the SC will pass a judicial order and reserved it.
The panel headed by justice Mudgal had agreed last week to continue the probe into the IPL scandal after the SC rejected a three-man committee proposed by the BCCI.
Former chief justice of Calcutta high court JN Patel, former India skipper Ravi Shastri and former CBI chief RK Raghavan were nominated by the BCCI for the new internal spot-fixing inquiry committee.
The apex court had on April 16 expressed reservations over a SIT or CBI probe, saying that institutional autonomy of the board has to be maintained and a committee constituted by the BCCI to look into the issue would be preferred.
The court had said that it cannot "close its eyes" to the allegations made by its probe committee in the scandal and a probe must be conducted to clear the air as some prominent players were named in the report submitted in sealed envelop.
(With inputs from IANS and PTI)