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    BCCI forms new IPL probe panel, to propose it to SC

    The BCCI on Sunday came up with a three-member panel to investigate the IPL betting and spot-fixing scandal. The decision was taken at the emergency Working Committee meeting held at the board's headquarters in Mumbai this afternoon.

    Former CBI director RK Raghavan, former Calcutta High Court chief justice JN Patel and Ravi Shastri will be part of the probe panel to investigate the matter. The board will instruct its lawyers to propose these names to the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

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    The board's step is one of the desperate efforts to find a pathway to satisfy the latest directive of the Supreme Court in the case related to corruption in last year's IPL.

    The all powerful emergent WC meeting, which was held two days before the next hearing of the case in the apex court, was convened following demand from some state units affiliated to the board.

    The apex court, while turning down N Srinivasan's fresh plea to return to the helm of the board's affairs as its elected chief, has ruled that he cannot be given back the BCCI's reins until he comes out clean in a probe conducted against him and 12 others, including India-capped cricketers, whose names have been mentioned by Justice Mudgal Committee report in the IPL corruption scandal.

    The apex court also put the ball back in the BCCI's court for future course of action to probe the damning contents of the Mudgal Committee report on its own through appropriate means.

    On April 16 the Supreme Court had said the BCCI should conduct a probe against Srinivasan and 12 others in the betting and spot-fixing scandal to maintain its institutional autonomy as the court cannot "close its eyes" to the allegations made by the Justice Mudgal committee.

    A bench of justices AK Patnaik and FM Ibrahim Kalifulla, however, had expressed reservations over a SIT or CBI probe, saying that institutional autonomy of the board has to be maintained and a committee constituted by the BCCI to look into the issue would be preferred.

    "Having come to know the nature of allegations, we cannot close our eyes," the bench said, adding that it is concerned about the game of cricket in the country and not about individuals.

    Referring to a sealed envelope report of Justice Mudgal committee, the bench said, "It [report] said all these allegations were brought to his [Srinivasan's] notice but he did not take any action. That means he was aware about the allegations and did not take it seriously."