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Justice Chouta says can't probe as doubts linger over BCCI panel


Cricketnext Staff,Cricketnext
Jun 03, 2013 at 05:34pm IST

New Delhi: With Sanjay Jagdale opting out from the three-man inquiry commission formed to look into allegations against Gurunath Meiyappan, one of the other members of the panel Justice T Jayaram Chouta has said the committee cannot probe after Jagdale's resignation.

On Monday, Chouta told CNN-IBN: "The Terms of reference have yet to come from [the] BCCI. It's up to the BCCI to reconstitute the committee. With Jagdale resigning, the commission can't probe. I am waiting for [the] BCCI to suggest a replacement."

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Following the developments of Sunday's emergency meeting in Chennai, one of the major focal points was the future of the three-member panel.

Last Tuesday, the BCCI constituted the commission, which comprised of two retired High Court judges and board secretary Jagdale. However, following Jagdale's resignation from his position last week and subsequent confusion coming from inside the BCCI as to who formed the commission, as well as criticism of the appointment of the two retired judges, there is plenty of doubt as to how the probe will continue.

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That the two judges - Chouta, former judge of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu High Courts, and Justice R Balasubramanian, former judge of Tamil Nadu High Court - have served on the Tamil Nadu High Court has been questioned as well, considering Srinivasan's stature and power in Chennai.

According to former BCCI president and current head of the Punjab Cricket Association, the three-man commission was appointed by a committee consisting of Raman Sundar, the IPL CEO, BCCI general manager (game development) Ratnakar Shetty, BCCI lawyer PS Raman and Peter Griffiths of event-management firm IMG. After Sunday's meeting, Bindra said he had asked about the formation of the three-man commission to which he claimed Srinivasan said: "I don't know

However, former BCCI treasurer Ajay Shirke stated that he was made to understand that the commission would be chosen by himself, Jagdale, Ravi Shastri, former IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla and Arun Jaitley, a BCCI vice-president.

As per the BCCI's announcement on May 28, the commission will inquire "into the complaints of the BCCI against the following persons/entities: Mr Gurunath Meiyappan, India Cements Ltd., the owner of the Chennai Super Kings franchise, and Jaipur IPL Pvt. Ltd., the owner of the Rajasthan Royals franchise," and will be "initiating the adjudication proceedings at the earliest."

But with so much doubt growing over the commission, how will the probe into alleged illegal activities continue?

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