New panel not to interfere with Mumbai cops probe: SC

Oct 08, 2013, 00:22 IST | Jasvinder Sidhu

The Supreme Court which suggested setting up of a three-member panel, headed by former Punjab & Haryana High Court chief justice Mukul Mudgal, to probe alleged spot fixing and betting in Indian Premier League (IPL) VI, assured the petitioners Cricket Association of Bihar that it would not act in any manner that would hamper Mumbai Police's investigations which involves names such as Gurunath Meiyappan, son-in-law of BCCI chief N Srinivasan and Raj Kundra, part owner of the Ra

“Our order will be confined to the subject before us. Mumbai Police can go on its own, and let the three-member panel make an independent inquiry,” a bench comprising Justices AK Patnaik and JS Kehar observed. Further hearing in the case will resume today.

Apart from Justice Mudgal, the apex court suggested the names of senior advocate and Additional Solicitor General N Nagehswar Rao and Assam Cricket Association member Nilay Dutta to be part of the panel. Representing CAB, lawyer Abhishek Singhvi had sought a clarification whether the setting up of the three-member probe panel would eclipse the prosecution in the case by Mumbai police.

Explaining the composition of the proposed probe panel, Justice Patnaik said: “Why we are suggesting these people is because we have full confidence in them. All three of them are committed to cricket and are people of integrity.”

The CAB, which is not recognised by the BCCI, earlier filed a petition in the Supreme Court that Srinivasan be barred from contesting the BCCI presidential election.

The petition was filed on the grounds that Srinivasan’s son-in-law Meiyappan is being probed by Mumbai police for placing bets in IPL matches. Meiyappan, along with Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf and Bollywood actor Vindoo Dara Singh, has been named in the charge sheet filed by the Mumbai police.

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