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SC to BCCI: Continue probe with Mudgal’s

In a blow to the BCCI, the Supreme Court on Tuesday snubbed the three-member probe panel proposed by the Indian cricket board into corruption in the Indian Premier League. Ravi Shastri, JN Patel and RK Raghavan were named in the BCCI’s three-member probe committee.

The apex court has instead told the Justice Mukul Mudgal-led probe committee to carry out further investigation into the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal. Suspended BCCI president N. Srinivasan is one of the thirteen names that figure in an inquiry committee report submitted to the apex court.

The Supreme Court also said that assistance of investigating agencies would be provided to the committee if it agrees to conduct probe. The top court has allowed the BCCI and Srinivasan to hear some portions of audio recordings of Justice Mudgal Committee’s proceedings, which need to submitted before SC’s secretary general.

The court also directed the BCCI and Srinivasan not to reveal anything about the contents of the audio recordings, which the court believes could damage the reputation of the game in the country.

Earlier, the emergent working committee meeting of the Indian cricket board (BCCI) saw heated exchanges on Sunday, April 20, 2014. Factions fought bitterly over the composition of a probe panel to examine the role of 13 individuals named in the Supreme Court-appointed Justice Mukul Mudgal committee report on corruption in IPL 6. Following fierce arguments, members ‘agreed’ to recommend three names to the Supreme Court – former CBI head RK Raghavan, former chief justice of Calcutta high court Jai Narain Patel and ex-India captain-turned commentator Ravi Shastri – for the proposed probe panel.

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.

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