New Delhi: The Supreme Court today raised questions on the findings of the two-member BCCI enquiry commission which has given a clean chit to its president N Srinivasan in spot-fixing scandal, asking was it “managed”.
Observing that allegations levelled by it's three-member probe panel in betting and spot-fixing scandal are of such serious nature, it said BCCI cannot be entrusted with a fair investigation.
A bench headed by Justice A K Patnaik also wondered how the Board's enquiry committee concluded that there was no evidence to suggest that India Cements, owner of Chennai Super Kings, was not involved in betting or spot-fixing. “Can we say the probe Committee report was managed by BCCI,” the bench asked senior counsel C A Sundaram who was appearing for BCCI.
The Board said that its committee did not have the benefit of probe findings of Mumbai police which is investigating the case.
It said that the Supreme Court-appointed probe committee had accessed the police report in the case on the basis of which the panel came to certain conclusions. The Board said that the findings of the three-member probe panel headed by former Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal is acceptable to it and the Board will take action on that basis.
The bench, however, was not satisfied with the contention and said, “Whether you will act according to it is a big big question. If cricket has to remain clean why these things should happen? It is because people who are in control have not taken any steps to control the situation”.