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IPL spot-fixing: SC to hear BCCI's plea for transcripts of tapes on Apr 16

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today said it will hear on April 16 BCCI's plea seeking transcripts of audio tapes containing statements of Board President N Srinivasan and Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, recorded by the Justice Mukul Mudgal Committee which probed allegations of IPL betting and spot fixing.

However, BCCI's plea was opposed by Bihar Cricket Association (BCA) which questioned the locus standi of the Board in seeking the transcripts of statements of Srinivasan, who has been kept out of the affairs of the cricket, and Dhoni.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni
MS Dhoni. Pic/ AFP

Senior advocate Ajeet Sinha, appearing for BCA, submitted that BCCI cannot seek copies of the transcripts on behalf of Srinivasan and Dhoni. He submitted that if the transcripts are supplied to BCCI then those should also be given to BCA.

BCCI counsel CA Sundaram said without the transcripts of the audio tapes it would be very difficult for him to respond in the matter. A bench comprising A K Patnaik and J S Khehar posted the matter for April 16, saying that it will see everything on the next date of hearing.

In its application filed earlier, BCCI had also sought the transcripts of statements by Sundar Raman, the Chief Operating Officer of IPL. Earlier, the apex court had proposed the name of veteran cricketer and commentator Sunil Gavaskar to head the Board for IPL 7 during pendency of the case in the apex court.

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