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Spot fixing probe: Mudgal panel files final report in SC

Justice Mudgal Committee on Monday submitted in the Supreme Court its final probe report against former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president N Srinivasan and 12 capped cricketers in Indian Premier League (IPL)-6 betting and spot-fixing scandal. A bench headed by Justice T S Thakur said it will consider the report on November 10 when the case will be heard.

Appearing before the bench, senior advocate Raju Ramachandran told the court the final report has been prepared and is being filed in the apex court.

Meanwhile, Justice Mudgal expressed satisfaction over the the panel’s work. He refused to say anything about the content of the report. “It’s up to the Supreme Court whether it finds our work satisfactory. We complied with the order and have done a good job. However, the report has been filed before the court and it (SC) will decide the course of action,” he said while talking to a news channel. He said the panel members were not under pressure while probing the matter.

“We have done our work and now it’s up to SC to do justice in the matter,” he said.

The court had on September 1 rejected Srinivasan’s plea for reinstatement as BCCI President saying he cannot be allowed to take charge till he gets a clean chit from the Committee which was probing him and others in the matter.

The bench had said that probe was going on and Srinivasan could not be allowed to function as BCCI President.

Expressing displeasure over the slow pace of probe, the apex court had asked the panel to complete its investigation within two months and had also allowed it to file interim report against Srinivasan or any other office bearer who is under its scrutiny.

Justice Mudgal committee, which was conducting probe against Srinivasan and 12 prominent players in the scandal, had on August 29 filed its interim report in a sealed cover before the Supreme Court.

The apex court had on May 16 given the task to conduct probe against 69-year-old Srinivasan and 12 players to Justice Mudgal panel and asked it to file its report by end of August.

It had rejected BCCI’s proposal to conduct the probe through its own panel.

Mudgal committee had in its initial report named Srinivasan and 12 cricketers.

Besides Mudgal, the panel has Additional Solicitor General L Nageshwar Rao and advocate Nilay Dutta as members.

A group of investigators headed by senior IPS officer B B Mishra has assisted the Mudgal Committee which was given the power to probe, search and seize relevant documents and record evidence in connection with illegal betting and spot-fixing allegations during sixth IPL season last year.

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