Unpersuaded by the BCCI's offer to set up special committee for IPL spot-fixing and betting probe, the Supreme Court on Monday proposed a three-member panel, to be headed by a retired judge, for a "completely independent" investigation into the scandal.
Favouring a committee wherein members "know cricket well," a bench of Justices A K Patnaik and J S Khehar suggested former Punjab and Haryana Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal head the panel. Other two members proposed by the court are Additional Solicitor General L Nageshwar Rao ó a former cricketer, and Assam Cricket Association member Niloy Dutta.
The bench pointed out that the suggested persons were conversant with the game and were "persons of integrity."
"Both of you (BCCI and Cricket Association of Bihar) seek instructions on these members. You may not be knowing about them off hand, so think and tell us what do you think.
We will take up this matter tomorrow and you can convey your views. If you think any of these members is in some manner associated with any group, you can tell us," the bench told the counsel.
The bench also indicated some positive orders enabling N Srinivasan's return as the BCCI president, provided both the parties concur on the court-suggested panel. The bench downplayed CAB's opposition to allow Srinivasan take charge of the office till the IPL probe was pending.
"BCCI needs to function too. Cricket also has to go on. If he (Srinivasan) is not involved (in the probe) in any manner, we are satisfied. This committee will be by us. We have to only see that the probe is independent. BCCI will not be involved," it remarked.
During the proceeding, the court also made it clear that the probe report as well as the remedial measures suggested by the panel will not impact the ongoing criminal investigation by the