The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Tuesday constituted a three-man inquiry commission including two retired High Court judges to go into allegations against Gurunath Meiyappan — the son-in-law of BCCI chief N. Srinivasan — who has been arrested on charges of betting on IPL VI matches.
Justice T. Jayaram Chouta, former Judge of the Karnataka and Madras High Courts, Justice R. Balasubramanian, former Judge of the Madras High Court, and BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale are members of the Commission, which will also go into the allegations against three players of the Rajasthan Royals team and its franchise as well as the Chennai Super Kings, of which Mr. Meiyappan was the Team Principal.
“The IPL Governing Council today [on Tuesday] appointed a three-member Commission with two Independent Members to enquire into the complaints of the BCCI against the following persons/entities — Gurunath Meiyappan; India Cements Ltd., the owner of the Chennai Super Kings Franchise; Jaipur IPL Pvt. Ltd., the owner of the Rajasthan Royals Franchise,” Mr. Jagdale said in a statement.
BCCI sources said two judges were included after IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla and Board vice president Arun Jaitley declined to be part of the probe commission in order to ensure that there was no doubt on the fairness of the probe. Mr. Shukla and Mr. Jaitley are believed to have suggested that instead of one retired judge there could be two judges for a fair probe.
The sources claimed that on the day of the IPL final in Kolkata, the two suggested to Mr. Srinivasan that he step down from the post but he curtly turned it down saying stepping down was “not in his nature”. The BCCI release said the panel would initiate the adjudication proceedings at the earliest.