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Bombay High Court Calls BCCI Spot-Fixing Probe Panel 'Illegal And Unconstitutional'
Published July 31, 2013
NO COMMENT: The PTI reported Srinivasan refused to comment on the Bombay High Court order declaring the Board's two-member probe panel "illegal and unconstitutional" (PTI, 7/30). The PTI also reported a defiant Srinivasan "made it clear that he will attend the BCCI's Working Committee meeting" on Aug. 2 despite the Bombay High Court ruling. When specifically asked in which capacity he will be attending the meeting, Srinivasan said, "Come there and see for yourself as to what capacity I will be attending the meeting." Srinivasan "took an aggressive stance when asked about the ruling of the Bombay High Court on the probe panel which was formed to inquire into the IPL spot-fixing scandal." Srinivasan: "I don't know why you people are making a big issue. A writ was filed and the court has given its verdict. The matter finishes there. I have no further comments to make on this issue" (PTI, 7/30).
THE NEXT STEP: The PTI reported "rattled by the Bombay High Court order," the Board's top officials were on Tuesday "engaged in hectic discussions to chalk out the future course of action." BCCI interim CEO Jagmohan Dalmiya said, "We will wait for the judgement to come into our hands before deciding our next step." Moments after the High Court order came out, "the BCCI's top officials started consultations on the implications of the development as a crucial IPL Governing Council and the Board's working committee meeting is scheduled" on Aug. 2 (PTI, 7/30). In a seperate story, the PTI reported that former BCCI secretary Jaywant Lele applauded the Bombay High Court's order, calling the Indian Cricket Board's internal enquiry panel an "eyewash." Lele: "Bombay High Court has taken a very correct decision. According to me also this (BCCI's internal enquiry) was an eyewash. The judges appointed in the two-member committee were the people of N. Srinivasan" (PTI, 7/30).