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IPL probe: BCCI officials discuss High Court order ramifications

PTI New Delhi | Updated on July 30, 2013 Published on July 30, 2013

Rattled by the Bombay High Court order declaring BCCI’s two-member probe panel to look into the IPL spot-fixing scandal as “illegal”, the Board’s top officials were today engaged in hectic discussions to chalk out the future course of action.

Hearing a Public Interest Litigation filed by the Cricket Association of Bihar, a Division Bench of justices S.J. Vazifdar and M.S. Sonak declared the two-member BCCI probe panel “unconstitutional“.

The High Court order comes just two days after the BCCI panel submitted its report which cleared the Board’s President-in-exile N. Srinivasan’s franchise Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals owner Raj Kundra of charges of betting.

“We will wait for the judgment to come into our hands before deciding our next step,” BCCI’s interim chief Jagmohan Dalmiya said.

Moments after the High Court order came out, the BCCI’s top officials started consultations on the implications of the development as a crucial IPL Governing Council and the Board’s working committee meeting is scheduled here on August 2.

Srinivasan, who was expected to be back at the helm of affairs after stepping aside for the duration of the BCCI inquiry, did not comment on the order which came as a massive jolt to him.

“The only thing I have heard is that the writ has been dismissed and no relief has been granted. I don’t want to say anything more,” Srinivasan told reporters when his reaction was sought on the order.

The petition in the Bombay High Court alleged blatant bias by Srinivasan, who is the Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of India Cements Ltd, which owns Chennai Super Kings.

The PIL urged the court to direct BCCI to recall its order constituting the probe panel and instead the court shall form a panel of retired judges as it may deem fit to hold inquiry against Srinivasan’s son—in—law and CSK Team Principal Gurunath Meiyappan, Kundra and Rajasthan Royals in the scandal.

Published on July 30, 2013

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