New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to provide a stay on the Bombay High Court order deeming BCCI's two-member panel to probe the IPL spot-fixing scandal as "illegal and unconstitutional". The next hearing on the case will take place on August 29.
The High Court had last week raised objection on the process to form the panel to probe the IPL scandal, which saw three Rajasthan Players - Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila - being arrested for alleged spot-fixing. The BCCI had then appealed in the Supreme Court.
But after SC refused to stay the HC order, the BCCI will now have to wait until the Supreme Court makes its own ruling on the case. So the status quo remains and Jagmohan Dalmiya continues as the BCCI's interim president in place of N Srinivasan, who stepped aside a second time after the HC verdict.
The Bombay High Court had last week labelled BCCI's two-member probe panel as "illegal and unconstitutional" while hearing a petition against its formation.
The apex court deliberated on a Special Leave Petition (SLP) filed by BCCI on Monday and also issued notices to the Cricket Association of Bihar. The BCCI had previously challenged HC's ruling saying the two-member panel had been formed in accordance to the board's constitution.
The High Court order came just two days after the panel, comprising two former judges of the Madras High Court - Justices T Jayarama Chouta and R Balasubramanian, submitted its report giving a clean chit to all those against whom the probe was conducted.