SC directed Mudgal panel to probe IPL spot fixing scandal

SC has appointed Justice Mukul Mudgal panel to further probe the IPL betting or spot fixing scandal that involves Narayanswamy Srinivasan and 12 others.

May 17, 2014 13:13 IST
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The Supreme Court of India on 16 May 2014 appointed three-member panel headed by Justice (retd) Mukul Mudgal to further probe the IPL spot fixing scandal involving Narayanswamy Srinivasan and 12 others. The other members of the Panel are additional Solicitor General L Nageshwar Rao and advocate Niloy Dutta.

The Supreme Court bench comprising of Justice AK Patnaik (head of the bench) and Justice Ibrahim Kalifulla asked the panel to submit its report by the end of August 2014 and has posted the matter for further hearing to September 2014.

Apart from the appointment of the Mudgal Panel, the bench also appointed Deputy Director General of the Narcotics Control BB Misra to head the police investigation wing attached to the panel. The police investigation wing has powers to conduct search and seizures of relevant documents and record evidence but the cops would have no power to arrest. The panel will be assisted by Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai police.

In its directive the court also asked, Sunil Gavaskar and Shivlal Yadav to continue their jobs till further orders. Gavaskar and Yadav were appointed as the interim President of BCCI after Srinivasan stepped down from the post.

The apex court also said that maintenance of confidentiality of the further probe is needed to be maintained by the Mudgal Committee. In its direction, the court also claimed that the allegations would be known to other people if a fresh panel comprised of new members is allowed to conduct the probe.

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