HC holds BCCI probe panel on IPL spot-fix­ing 'il­le­gal'

The Political and Business Daily - - FRONT PAGE -

IN a se­vere blow to BCCI and its pres­i­dent-in-ex­ile N Srini­vasan, the Bom­bay HC to­day held as "il­le­gal and un­con­sti­tu­tional" the twom­em­ber probe panel set up by it to look into spot-fix­ing and bet­ting charges in the IPL tour­na­ment.

The HC or­der comes just two days af­ter the probe panel sub­mit­ted its re­port on July 28 giv­ing a clean chit to Srini­vasan, his son-in-law and owner of Chen­nai Su­per Kings team Gu­runath Meiyap­pan and Raj Kun­dra, owner of Ra­jasthan Royals and hus­band of ac­tress Shilpa Shetty.

A di­vi­sion bench of jus­tices SJ Vaz­if­dar and MS Sonak was hear­ing a pub­lic in­ter­est lit­i­ga­tion filed by Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion of Bi­har and its sec­re­tary Aditya Verma chal­leng­ing the con­sti­tu­tion of the two-mem­ber com­mis­sion, set up by the BCCI and IPL Gove- rn­ing Coun­cil to probe al­le­ga­tions of bet­ting and spot fix­ing.

The bench, while al­low­ing the PIL, said the con­sti­tu­tion of the probe panel was "il­le­gal and un­con­sti­tu­tional."

"We have suc­ceeded and the court has ac­cepted our con­tentions. It is now upto the BCCI to see what is to be done next," ad­vo­cate Amit Naik, who ap­peared along with se­nior coun­sels Viren­dra Tulza­purkar and Biren­dra Saraf for the pe­ti­tioner, said.

The pe­ti­tion al­leged bla­tant bias by Srini­vasan in the light of mount­ing al­le­ga­tions against him­self and in con­sti­tut­ing the probe panel as he is the Vice Chair­man and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of In­dia Ce­ments Ltd, which owns the IPL team - CSK.

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