How else can one describe the appointment of the two-man probe committee that recently gave clean cheat to Gurunath Maiyappan and Raj Kundra in betting cases.
The appointment of the committee, which included two retired judges and the then BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale, was strange, to say the least. When the news of Maiyappan, BCCI president Srinivasan’s son-in-law, being arrested broke, it was announced that a five-man IPL Operation committee would appoint a five-member probe committee. That IPL Operation committee included Ajay Shirke, the then BCCI treasurer.
“He (Shirke) was shocked to read the names of the three-member commission, instead of five, on news channels. There was no meeting or discussion held before a media release was issued to announce the three-man enquiry commission, which involved two retired judges and Mr Jagdale,” a source close to Shirke had told MiD DAY.
“Jagdale was even more shocked, as he was named in that commission, without his knowledge,” the source added. The claim was further confirmed by CNN-IBN on Tuesday, when it accessed letters written by Shirke and Jagdale to Aditya Varma of Bihar Cricket Association, in which they clearly mention that they were not consulted while appointing the probe committee.
MiD DAY has also reliably learnt that the entire development was one of the major reasons why both Shirke and Jagdale resigned from their respective posts. Once Jagdale resigned, the Board decided to restrict the size of the probe committee to just two members.