The Asian Age

Mud­gal panel gets 2 months more, plea by Srini re­jected

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New Delhi, Sept. 1: The Supreme Court Mon­day re­jected N. Srini­vasan’s plea for re­in­state­ment as BCCI pres­i­dent, say­ing he can­not be al­lowed to take charge till he gets a clean chit from the Jus­tice Mukul Mud­gal Com­mit­tee, that is prob­ing him and 12 play­ers in the IPL bet­ting and spot- fix­ing scan­dal.

Ex­press­ing dis­plea­sure over the slow probe, the court di­rected the panel to com­plete its in­ves­ti­ga­tions in two months, and al­lowed it to file an in­terim re­port on Mr Srini­vasan or any other of­fice- bearer un­der its scru­tiny.

A bench of Jus­tices T. S. Thakur and F. M. Ibrahim Kal­i­fulla re­jected Mr Srini­vasan’s plea that he should be al­lowed to func­tion as BCCI chief as the board’s AGM is due at the end of this month and his sig­na­ture is needed to clear the BCCI’s an­nual ac­counts.

“Sign­ing the ac­count book is not a ground. This can­not be a ground for re­in­state­ment,” the bench said. The Mud­gal Com­mit­tee, that sub­mit­ted its in­terim re­port in a sealed cover on Au­gust 29, had sought more time as it wanted to record the state­ments of play­ers now on tour in Eng­land and also said the voice sam­ples of some peo­ple needed to be matched.

New Delhi, Sept. 1: The Supreme Court on Mon­day re­jected N. Srini­vasan’s plea for re­in­state­ment as BCCI pres­i­dent say­ing he can­not be al­lowed to take up the charge till he gets a clean chit from the Jus­tice Mud­gal com­mit­tee which is prob­ing him and 12 play­ers in the IPL bet­ting and spot- fix­ing scan­dal.

Ex­press­ing dis­plea­sure over the slow speed of the probe, the court asked the panel to com­plete its in­ves­ti­ga­tion within two months and also al­lowed it to file an in­terim re­port against Srini­vasan or any other of­fice bearer un­der its scru­tiny.

A bench of jus­tices T. S. Thakur and F. M. Ibrahim Kal­i­fulla turned down Srini­vasan’s plea that he should be al­lowed to dis­charge his func­tion as the AGM is ex­pected to take place at the end of this month and his sig­na­ture is needed for clear­ing the an­nual ac­count of the board.

Two months time for com­ple­tion of probe does not seem re­al­is­tic. The way in which it is go­ing on, it will take five years. It’s go­ing to be a tough task for the com­mit­tee.

— SUPREME COURT BENCH

“Sign­ing ac­count book is not a ground. This can­not be a ground for re­in­state­ment,” the bench said.

At the out­set of pro­ceed­ings, se­nior ad­vo­cate Kapil Sibal, ap­pear­ing for Srini­vasan, pleaded the court to re­veal whether there was any­thing against him in jus­tice Mud­gal’s in­terim re­port so that he be al­lowed to take up the charge of BCCI if there is noth­ing against him.

The bench said that no com­ments have been made against Srini­vasan in the re­port but the probe is still go­ing on and he can­not be al­lowed to func­tion as BCCI pres­i­dent.

It said that the com­mit­tee sought more time as it wants to record the state­ments of some play­ers who are on Eng­land tour and also voice sam­ples of some peo­ple need to be matched.

“We saw the re­port. Two months time for com­ple­tion of probe does not seem re­al­is­tic. The way in which it is go­ing on, it will take five years. It’s go­ing to be a tough task for the com­mit­tee,” said the bench.

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