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Jaipur: Sudhir Nanavati, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) appointed as Commissioner to enquire into the Harbhajan Singh-Sreesanth slapping incident told The Hindu that the IPL and BCCI were two legal entities and therefore in the event of Harbhajan Singh being punished by the BCCI, it would not constitute a case of a person being punished twice for the same offence.

“The IPL is a registered body and a Trust with Mr. Lalit Modi as its Chairman and Commissioner. The IPL has its own rules and it follows the ICC Code of Conduct. Moreover, Harbhajan has signed a contract with the IPL and hence he cannot object to the penalty imposed upon him by the IPL.”

Nanavati, a senior advocate of the Gujarat High Court and also the Chairman of the BCCI Finance Committee, said that Harbhajan was contracted with the BCCI and his offence gave the BCCI the right to start an inquiry under Rule 32 of its constitution. But, for example, had it been Ravindra Jadeja (Rajasthan Royals) the BCCI could not have done so because he’s not a contracted player of the BCCI and only the IPL could have because he (Jadeja) too has signed a contract with the IPL,” he said.

Citing another example, Mr. Nanavati said: “An employee is suspended from service, or his rank is reduced and a police complaint filed because he has committed a fraud. Then the incriminating court adjudicates an imprisonment sentence. Does it constitute the employee being punished twice? No.

“Harbhajan has been punished by the IPL and it’s up to the BCCI to decide whether to punish him or not,” he added.

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