BCCI Urges Supreme Court To Move Against BHC Order Alleging Illegal Spot-Fixing Probe
The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Monday approached the Supreme Court challenging the Bombay High Court's order "that held as illegal and unconstitutional the two-member probe panel constituted by it to look into spot-fixing and betting charges" in the Indian Premier League tournament as illegal, according to the PTI. The Board sought immediate stay of the High Court's order "while submitting that the panel was constituted according to rules and was legal." In a "severe blow" to the BCCI and its President-in-exile N. Srinivasan, the High Court on July 30 said that "the two member commission was constituted in violation of the rules framed by the BCCI" (PTI, 8/5). The PTI also reported former Indian captain Rahul Dravid on Monday expressed anguish over the recent IPL spot-fixing scandal and its fallout and said "that restoring the credibility of the game was of utmost importance failing which cricketers may lose respect of their fans." Dravid: "Things like this don't help, when we are on the front pages of the newspapers and not on the back" (PTI, 8/5). IANS reported Rajasthan Royals cricketer Ajit Chandila was shocked that Delhi Police have slapped stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act charges against him and pleaded that he is a "cricketer not a terrorist." Chandila, one of the "prime accused" in the IPL spot fixing scandal, "was on a three-day bail, that ended Monday, to attend the last rites of his elder brother" (IANS, 8/5).