Corruption in the IPL

Supreme Court allows Srinivasan to take charge

ESPNcricinfo staff

October 8, 2013

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N Srinivasan after meeting with Mumbai police, May 25, 2013
N Srinivasan: "I am quite happy because BCCI needs somebody" © Hindustan Times

The Supreme Court of India has ruled that N Srinivasan can resume his duties as BCCI president, so long as he doesn't deal with any matters relating to the IPL. It also ruled that the new three-member panel that will conduct an independent investigation into the allegations of corruption in the IPL will comprise, as it had suggested on Monday, former High Court judge Mukul Mudgal, senior advocate and additional solicitor general L Nageshwar Rao and Assam Cricket Association member Nilay Dutta.

The probe, the court said, should be concluded in four months' time. It said the probe committee has been set up to "function independent of the BCCI and the president" and that the BCCI will pay "the expenses of travel, boarding and lodging" of the committee.

"The BCCI or respondent No.2 (Srinivasan) will not in any manner interfere in the probe and co-operate with providing any documents and material required to the probe," the order read.

Who makes up the three-member panel

  • L Nageshwara Rao: Advocate from Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. He joined the Andhra Pradesh High Court in 1982 and moved to the Supreme Court in 1995. He was appointed Additional Solicitor-General for a second time in August 2013, following a stint in 2003. He is said to be "very good, very clean. If there is evidence, he will prosecute." Has appeared in cases pertaining to administrative and constitutional law and was counsel for several universities in Andhra Pradesh.
  • Nilay Dutta: Senior advocate and member of the Bar Council of north eastern states. Dutta was part of a 'special purpose committee' proposed by the BCCI to the court to look into the spot-fixing issue. The apex court dismissed the proposal but included Dutta's name when suggesting their own independent three-member panel. A legal background and an involvement in cricket - he once stood as umpire in an ODI in 1990 between India and Sri Lanka. He is listed as a member of the IPL Governing Council but the BCCI apparently told the Supreme Court he had resigned from the council over the weekend. Is also on the Constitution Review committee along with N Srinivasan, Arun Jaitley and DV Subba Rao.
  • Mukul Mudgal: The head of the panel and one of the foremost authorities on sports law in India. He wrote Law & Sports in India - Development, Issues and Challenges in 2011, which is dedicated to "unknown and unsung Indian sports persons who toil for the love of sport without due recognition or reward."

Srinivasan welcomed the court's ruling. "I think the Supreme Court has said I can resume functioning and discharge my functions. So I am quite happy because BCCI needs somebody," he said. "I have no comment on the new committee, Supreme Court has directly formed it. I am not a part of it. I have nothing to do with it."

On the issue of allowing Srinivasan to return as president, Justice AK Patnaik said the court was concerned solely with the legality of the probe panel, and not with the BCCI's day-to-day administration. "We don't want to be accused to have committed judicial over-reach," Patnaik said. "This dispute relates to the probe and the more detached we are in this matter, the better it will be for the functioning of the probe."

On Monday, the court had ruled that a new three-member probe panel be constituted to look into IPL 2013, and suggested the three names it eventually appointed. It had given the CAB and the BCCI until Tuesday to finalise their views on the proposed names. The court said the panel would conduct an independent inquiry into the allegations and submit its report to the Supreme Court.

The court also heard a plea from the BCCI to allow Srinivasan to resume functioning as president because, it said, his absence was affecting cricket administration.

Srinivasan had been allowed to contest the BCCI elections on September 29 by the Supreme Court, but with a rider which said that if he won, he could not take charge as president as long as it was hearing the case related to him and the board.

The matter dates back to a plea that the CAB filed in June, raising charges of conflict of interest in the formation of the two-member panel set up to inquire into allegations of corruption in the IPL. A Bombay High Court ruling later termed the probe panel "illegal". The BCCI and the CAB filed petitions in the Supreme Court against this order, with the CAB contending that the Bombay High Court could have suggested a fresh mechanism to look into the corruption allegations.

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Posted by GrindAR on (October 8, 2013, 17:21 GMT)

Atleast, there is a clarity for followers, when they should wine and when to cry and most importantly when to use their common sense(s) ( if one is not adequate...).

It will give some clarity to BCCI staff on whom they should take directions from and what are their duties... So far, the whole issue is blown up without any sense and created lots of instability within BCCI staff as well....

Atleast the verdict came out after confirming that CSK is not the winner of CLT20... Thank Almighty.. :-))

Posted by BigINDFan on (October 8, 2013, 16:49 GMT)

Good clear ruling from the supreme court!

If BCCI needs somebody then N Srini is no better or worse than others. But at least the acting president nonsense is gone and lets see what brilliant decisions N Srini takes.

About the panel - lets hope they do a detailed probe and present the facts and clean this fixing nonsense from IPL. IPL may be disliked by test lovers and those who do not benefit from it. However it provides much needed means of living and opportunities for youngsters to play with international stars. Take Sanju Samson and Rahane for example. There should be stronger anti corruption measures in place and a stricter player auction process as first steps to clean up IPL.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2013, 15:23 GMT)

So basically there is no one to take on the role of acting President while Mr. Srinivasan is out? That's weird!!

Posted by Thomas_Ratnam on (October 8, 2013, 14:43 GMT)

So this is a solution? Let's see. As long as 'that' attitude is prevalent in the BCCI and it is encouraged by the so called blinded supporters we are in for a rocky path for Indian Cricket

Posted by ssenthil on (October 8, 2013, 13:11 GMT)

I think this is a good verdict. This should settle all cricket fans in India and all over the world. Perhaps CSA and Logart will be thinking, what next to do. The best thing for them to do is just get an Appointment from BCCI to meet the BCCI President/Members to have a meeting and sort it out. Don't think India and BCCI will lose much if they don't tour SA but CSA will lose a lot. Time to sort out the issue. I don't believe all the BS theory that BCCI at fault of the SA tour and the 100% responsibility is at CSA for messing it up.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2013, 12:16 GMT)

Fine! now lets get back to business and sort out the South Africa tour! all this phiss about breaking protocol!! get on with it!!

Posted by on (October 8, 2013, 12:08 GMT)

Return once again to rule

Posted by mjrvasu on (October 8, 2013, 11:33 GMT)

Why all this noise for a private body. All we are interested is to see lively cricket games. BCCI or IPL or any other similar body - they do not swindle public funds or drain the nation of its resources.

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