Turning down the BCCI’s suggestion to set up a special committee to probe the IPL spot-fixing scandal, the Supreme Court said on Friday that it intended to constitute a three-member panel, headed by former Punjab and Haryana Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal, to examine the issue.
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Justice AK Patnaik and JS Kehar further added the panel, also comprising Additional Solicitor General LN Rao and Assam Cricket Association member Nilay Dutta, would conduct an independent inquiry into the allegations, uninfluenced by the Mumbai Police investigation. The panel would submit its report to the court.
It asked the BCCI counsel and Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB), petitioners before the top court, to seek instructions on the Bench’s proposal. The matter would be heard on Tuesday and the court is likely to pass a formal order.
At the beginning of Monday’s hearing, the BCCI placed its proposal to set up the special purpose committee comprising senior politician Arun Jaitley and Dutta to look into the issue. It even suggested the committee find out if further probe was required into all the issues mentioned in the chargesheet filed by the Mumbai Police.
The court disagreed with the submission and said, “The Mumbai Police can go on its own. Let the panel make an independent inquiry and give the report to the Supreme Court and suggest remedial measures.”