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Summoning Srinivasan will depend on scope of probe: Justice Chouta

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Justice Jayarama Chouta
Justice Jayarama Chouta

Yet to receive terms of reference

Summoning of BCCI president N. Srinivasan will depend on the scope of the probe, said Justice T. Jayarama Chouta, who is on the three-member commission appointed by the Board.

Talking to The Hindu from Mangalore, the 75-year-old retired judge of the Karnataka and Madras High Courts said the BCCI had contacted him on his willingness to be part of the panel but he was yet to receive any written communication on his appointment as well as the terms of reference and scope of the inquiry into the role of Chennai Super Kings principal Gurunath Meiyappan, who is the son-in-law of Mr. Srinivasan, in the betting scandal that rocked IPL-6.

To a query on the need for Mr. Srinivasan resigning his post during the probe, Justice Chouta said the commission would discharge its duty as per the terms of reference, and it was not for the panel to ask him to quit.

‘No pressure’

To another question, Justice Chouta said nobody had contacted him to exert any kind of pressure. He gave his consent to be part of the panel after ascertaining the other two names on the panel. He said he had worked with Justice R. Balasubramanian, also a retired judge of the Madras High Court.

‘Impartial probe’

In Chennai, Justice Balasubramanian emphasised that he would be impartial in the probe and said he had no prior association with Mr. Srinivasan.

He told The Hindu that he was very clear in his mind that he had no connection whatsoever either with Mr. Srinivasan or India Cements either as a lawyer or judge. “In my career as a judge, I have not dealt with their cases and I have no association with them.”

Justice Balasubramanian, who practises in the Supreme Court after retirement, said he expected to receive the terms of reference on Thursday.

Justice Balasubramanian, who served as a High Court judge between 1996 and 2007, declined to answer questions on the scope of the inquiry.

Eyewash, says Chandru

The appointment of the probe panel, however, attracted some criticism too. Having this commission is just “eyewash,” said K. Chandru, who recently retired as judge of the Madras High Court. When contacted, he wondered how the panel would serve any purpose. “It has no legal power, it is just an in-house inquiry.”

Justice Chandru noted that Mr. Srinivasan had not stepped down and that the commission was formed to go into allegations against his son-in-law.

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why should srinivasan resign? There are no charges( not even
allegations) against him personally either for betting or "fixing". If
Guru ,his son in law, is found guilty, Guru will pay the
consequences. You cannot punish someone for the alleged ,misdeeds of
his relatives. This witch-hunting by the media(after all, it is only
the media that is excited , not the public)only serves to lower its
own credibility and enhance the public's admiration for srinivasan's
courage in not being intimidated by the media. Is there a hidden
agenda Of someone who wants to take over the control of the
financially rich BCCI and the media knowingly or against its better
judgement playing along?

from:  ratnasamy
Posted on: Jun 1, 2013 at 18:14 IST

while we have full faith in the two retired judges who hold the probe,
We feel that Mr. Srinivasan should resign, to clear the possible
apprehension in the mind of the public that he may cause problems.

from:  Rammohan
Posted on: May 30, 2013 at 02:38 IST
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