India Court Asks Cricket Board To Probe Indian Premier League Betting
India's Supreme Court has asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India "to investigate the role of a top cricket official and 12 others in spot-fixing and illegal betting in the Indian Premier League," according to the BBC. The Supreme Court said on Wednesday that the BCCI "should appoint a panel to investigate the charges" against suspended President N. Srinivasan and 12 others, including some players. The court said, "Having come to know the nature of allegations, we cannot close our eyes." The court said when the allegations of corruption in IPL "were brought to his [Mr Srinivasan's] notice... he did not take any action. That means he was aware about the allegations and did not take it seriously" (BBC, 4/16). The AP reported India’s Supreme Court "has refused to reinstate" Srinivasan "after he requested to return" as BCCI president. The court on Wednesday asked the BCCI to "share its plans of investigation into corruption" in the IPL during a hearing next Tuesday (AP, 4/16). The PTI reported the bench said said that IPL-7, which began Wednesday in Abu Dhabi, "will continue as per schedule" and allowed Sundar Raman to continue as COO of the seventh edition of IPL (PTI, 4/16). The HINDUSTAN TIMES reported that Srinivasan contended that "unfair and unsubstantiated allegations" were made against him by senior counsel appearing for the Bihar Cricket Association (HINDUSTAN TIMES, 4/16).