Harish Salve is more than just a legal eagle. The senior counsel of the Supreme Court is also the son of late former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president NKP Salve, who was instrumental in getting the 1987 World Cup to the Indian sub-continent.
Harish Salve and N Srinivasan
In an exclusive interview to MiD DAY, Salve Jr reacted sharply to the findings by the Supreme Court appointed committee headed by former Punjab and Haryana Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal in the match fixing case which hit last year's edition of the Indian Premier League.
How will the Mudgal probe report help clean up cricket?
I believe the BCCI is possibly at its lowest point. It has never been in such an unfortunate controversy where the president of the BCCI is personally under a cloud. I do not accept the theories that he is not answerable for what his son-in-law did. I would also say that action of a body such as BCCI is not to be judged purely on legality, but on a much higher standard of rectitude and propriety of behaviour.
Will this probe report help at all?
Of course it will help. Every clean-up drive helps in improving the system. I believe that sunlight is the best disinfectant and therefore a committee report of unimpeachable integrity is bound to have its necessary effects.
These are just recommendations. What does the establishment (BCCI) and the law enforcing forces have to do to get into the realms of an ideal situation where cricket is clean?
BCCI knows what it should being doing. But if they don't, then maybe the courts will have to intervene.
What should be the next step now that report has been submitted by the Supreme Court-appointed committee?
The challenge to the appointment of Srinivasan has led to the appointment of this Committee and the Supreme Court has retained the matter before itself which also means that the apex court will have to consider the matter.
Can the criminal court use the committee's report as evidence?
No, the criminal court cannot treat this as evidence but the committee's findings will give guidance to the investigating agencies and they can convert the findings by proper investigation into legally admissible evidence, which can be used in a criminal trial.