The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has opposed the investigation by Justice Mudgal Committee, saying that the allegations against the cricketers and Srinivasan are based on an inquiry conducted by Justice Mudgal himself and, therefore, the investigation into those allegations should be undertaken by a different person.

“Let a fresh probe panel look into the allegations against Srinivasan and other cricketers,” the BCCI has told the Apex Court.

Apparently, unimpressed by the BCCI submission, a bench headed by Justice A K Patnaik, said the court will pass a judicial order and reserved it.

The bench said it cannot come to any findings regarding the allegations levelled by Mudgal Committee report against Srinivasan and 12 others until a duly constituted probe committee looks into the allegations.

The Supreme Court had earlier on April 22 asked Justice Mudgal Committee whether it will be willing to conduct further probe against 13 people, including Srinivasan.

"We have given our consent. It is subject to the Supreme Court approval on Tuesday (April 29)," said Justice Mudgal, who had headed a three-member committee that had submitted a report in a sealed envelope to the court making serious allegations against Srinivasan and some capped players.

Mudgal, a retired Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, was assisted by Additional Solicitor General L Nageshwar Rao and lawyer Niloy Dutta during their initial probe.

The Apex Court has also allowed Srinivasan and BCCI to hear some portions of Justice Mudgal Committee's interactions with Srinivasan, M S Dhoni and Chief Operating Officer of IPL 7 Sundar Raman.

It asked the probe committee to provide audio recordings to the Supreme Court's Secretary General, who will make arrangements for BCCI and Srinivasan's counsel to hear the tapes in the Apex Court.

The Supreme Court asked the BCCI and Srinivasan to maintain complete confidentiality of the contents of the audio tapes and not to leak it to anybody.

The Apex Court had on April 16 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 Apex Court had also refused to bar Srinivasan from attending International Cricket Council (ICC) meetings.


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