The panel headed by Justice (Retired) Mukul Mudgal on Tuesday agreed to continue to probe the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing and betting scandal after the Supreme Court rejected a three-man committee proposed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), reports said.
Earlier in the day, the apex court had asked the justice Mudgal panel whether it would continue its probe against N Srinivasan and 12 others, including some prominent cricketers, who were named by it in a sealed envelope after it conducted initial investigation in the scandal.
A bench headed by justice AK Patnaik had said if it agrees to conduct further probe, the committee will be given assistance by investigating agencies. The BCCI had informed the court it has decided to constitute a three-member panel to probe the IPL scam but the bench had said it will pass the order after hearing all the parties and after considering justice Mudgal committee's reply.
Former chief justice of Calcutta high court JN Patel, former India skipper Ravi Shastri and former CBI chief RK Raghavan were nominated at a BCCI emergent working committee meeting on Sunday for the new internal spot-fixing inquiry committee.
The bench also allowed Srinivasan and BCCI to hear some portions of justice Mudgal committee's interactions with Srinivasan, MS Dhoni and IPL 7 Chief Operating Officer, Sundar Raman. It asked the probe committee to provide audio recordings to the Supreme Court's secretary general who will make arrangements for the BCCI and Srinivasan's counsel to hear the tapes in the apex court. The court asked the BCCI and Srinivasan to maintain complete confidentiality about the contents of the audio tapes and not to leak it to anybody.
"Any content of the audio recordings going out means cricket would be blackened in the country," the bench said.
The audio recordings will be heard in the presence of secretary general by advocate Amit Sibal on behalf of Srinivasan and advocate Rohini Musa on behalf of the BCCI.