The Apex Court bench of Justice AK Patnaik and Justice JS Kehar said that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and its president Srinivasan would completely keep off the probe panel, headed by former Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal, but will extend all the facilities required by the investigators.

The other two members of the probe panel, which has been asked to submit its report in four months, are senior counsel and Additional Solicitor General L Nageshwar Rao and senior advocate Nilay Dutta, also an official of Assam Cricket Association (ACA).

The court order appointing the probe committee came after the petitioner Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) and the respondent BCCI conveyed their consent to the court's earlier suggestion to appoint an independent panel to probe the allegations of spot-fixing and betting during the IPL.

BCCI counsel CA Sundaram said that the board and Srinivasan won't interfere in the working of the probe panel. "The Supreme Court has said that Srinivasan can take charge of the BCCI, and it also set up an independent probe panel into the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal. This panel has to submit its report in four months. Srinivasan's lawyers and BCCI counsel told the court that the panel will work independently and he won't interfere in its working," Sundaram said.

The Supreme Court earlier in an order restrained Srinivasan from taking charge of the apex cricketing body. Srinivasan was elected president unopposed for a third year at the BCCI Annual General Meeting in Chennai on September 29.

(Agencies)

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