Former Calcutta High Court Chief Justice JN Patel was the other member of the proposed panel, which was formed at the BCCI’s Working Committee meeting here on Sunday.      

It is learnt that former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee's name was also considered in the meeting.

The Apex Court had directed the BCCI in the last hearing of the case on April 16 to suggest the names of persons who will conduct a ‘fair probe’ into the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal that took place during the last season of the sporting extravaganza.

The Apex Court is expected to consider the suggestion by the BCCI in the next hearing on April 22 and pass orders on the future course of the probe.

The Working Committee meeting has been convened following demand from some state units affiliated to the cricket board after the Supreme Court's hearing.

Soon after the names of the probe panel was suggested, the unrecognized Cricket Association of Bihar chief Aditya Verma, who has dragged BCCI to the Supreme Court, opposed the committee and demanded a probe by either the Central Bureau of Investigation or National Intelligence Agency.

"Only CBI or NIA Enquiry is acceptable for me because if honourable Apex Court-formed Justice Mudgal Committee is not acceptable by BCCI then why I will consider their probe panel," said Verma in a statement.

Verma also objected to the inclusion of Shastri in the panel.

"I have no any doubt about credential of two members but Mr Ravi Shastri is a paid employee of BCCI from long time. Last few days after IPL 6 scam he always read ‘shrini chalisha’, so no hope from Shastri," Verma said.

Verma had earlier demanded that BCCI’s former president Shashank Manohar head the panel to probe into the IPL scandal.

The Supreme Court had on April 16 said that the BCCI should conduct a probe against N Srinivasan and 12 others in the betting and spot-fixing scandal to maintain its institutional autonomy as the court cannot "close its eyes" to the allegations made by Justice Mukul Mudgal committee.

A bench of Justices AK Patnaik and FM Ibrahim Kalifulla, however, had expressed reservations over a SIT or CBI probe, saying that institutional autonomy of the cricket board has to be maintained and a committee constituted by the BCCI to look into the issue would be preferred.

The Supreme Court, while turning down Srinivasan's fresh plea to return to the helm of affairs as BCCI’s elected chief, has ruled that he cannot be given back the reins till he comes out clean in a probe conducted against him and 12 others, including India-capped cricketers, whose names have been mentioned by Justice Mudgal Committee report in the IPL spot-fixing scandal.

(Agencies)

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