T20 spot-fixing scam: BCCI probe panel under scrutiny ever since it was constituted
The probe panel formed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to investigate charges against Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals and Gurunath Meiyappan may have been held illegal by the Bombay high court on Tuesday.
But, the two-member committee comprising retired judges T Jayaram Chouta and R Balasubramanian had been under the scanner ever since its constitution.
The BCCI had announced the formation of the committee on May 28. According to the initial announcement, the committee comprised of the then BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale and the two retired high court judges.
However, Jagdale, along with treasurer Ajay Shirke, resigned on May 31 leaving the committee with only two members.
While the resignation by two senior office bearers raised serious questions over the authenticity of the committee, it received another jolt when IS Bindra, former BCCI chief, claimed that an operation committee had appointed the probe panel and not the Indian domestic T20 league's governing council.
Bindra claimed that the operation committee included Indian domestic league CEO Sundar Raman, BCCI's general manager (game development) Ratnakar Shetty, and Tamil Nadu Cricket Association vice-president and BCCI lawyer PS Raman.
The situation worsened when it was revealed that Jagdale and Shirke had contested the probe panel's appointment.
Later, Jagdale, while replying to a PIL, said he was not aware of any governing council meeting on May 28 to appoint the commission.
The former secretary also claimed that he had no knowledge as to who suggested the names of the two retired judges. A month after the committee was formed, it was revealed that the probe was a private matter between the BCCI and the two franchisees.