New Delhi: The Supreme Court refrained from entertaining the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)’s plea for an early hearing, on Thursday.
The Board had challenged the Bombay High Court’s decision to quash the two-member inquiry panel appointed to probe the IPL spot-fixing row allegedly involving the Board president Narayanswamy Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan and Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra.
When the matter came up at the fag end of the day, a bench, comprising justices AK Patnaik and JS Khehar, said the petitions will be listed after two weeks.
The BCCI counsel requested for a date, but the bench said it cannot give a fixed date.
The bench suggested that BCCI counsel, A Sundram, can approach the Chief Justice of India for early listing if the Board was keen on the same.
On September 10 the bench sought response of the BCCI, Srinivasan, and two others on a petition seeking appointment of a fresh court-appointed probe panel to investigate the recent IPL spot-fixing row.
The PIL was filed by Aditya Verma of Cricket Association of Bihar.
The apex court had said it would hear on September 11 the matter along with another special leave petition filed by the BCCI challenging the Bombay High Court ruling which had earlier held as “illegal” the constitution of the panel comprising two ex-judges.
But the matter though listed on the board has not come up for hearing for the past two days.
On August 7, the apex court had refused to stay the July 30 high court order terming as “illegal” the BCCI appointed panel of two retired judges in T Jayaram Chowta and R Balasubramaniam.
The high court had passed the order on a petition filed by Verma challenging the probe panel’s constitution by the BCCI.
In its appeal, the BCCI had contended the high court failed to consider the bona fides and motives of the petitioner in a public interest and did not examine the fact that it was the prerogative of the Board to constitute the committee for enquiring into the allegations of spot fixing.
It was submitted that the Operational Rules 2013, IPL are internal rules of the BCCI and were not mandatory, yet the high court had reasoned that the rules were violated while setting up the panel.