New Delhi: In what could be a major setback for the BCCI, the Bombay High Court on Tuesday termed the probe panel appointed to investigate the IPL 6 spot-fixing scandal as illegal. The BCCI is likely to appeal against the HC order in the Supreme Court.
The HC questioned the appointment of the two-member panel that, on Sunday, had cleared IPL franchises Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings of spot-fixing charges, along with Rajasthan co-owner Raj Kundra and N Srinivsan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan.
"The entire incident needs to be re-investigated. There was disparity in the evidence collected by the probe panel," the HC said, while hearing the PIL filed by complainant Naresh Matani. "We had filed [the] PIL on two-three grounds. Constitution of the panel was completely wrong" Matani said.
However, the BCCI has not been asked to form a fresh panel, which was clarified by the petitioner's lawyer Ameet Naik. "[The] court made a finding that the panel was illegal. [The] Court has not directed the BCCI to constitute a fresh probe panel. The BCCI was not able to explain the manner in which panel was constituted. We raised the issue of conflict of interest and probe report. [The] Court in its order said that constitution of the panel is illegal," said Naik.
Cricketer-turned-politician Kirti Azad once again called for an independent panel to investigate the charges. "There should be an independent panel. Cricketers should be part of the panel. There should be seriousness to the entire affair. BCCI should come under the RTI act," he said.
The BCCI's general manager for game development Ratnakar Shetty refused to comment on the HC order.