New Delhi: Narayanswamy Srinivasan was “quite happy” after the Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed him to take charge as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president. The BCCI “needs somebody” to run it, he said.
“I think the Supreme Court has said I can resume functioning and discharge my functions. So I am quite happy because the BCCI needs somebody,” Srinivasan said after the ruling.
The apex court also set up a probe panel headed by former chief justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, Mukul Mudgal, to inquire into the allegation of betting and spot-fixing allegations in IPL.
The Tamil Nadu strongman did not seem too concerned with a new committee being formed.
“I have no comment to make on the new committee, Supreme Court has directly formed it. I have nothing to do with it,” he said.
Justice Mudgal assured that the probe into the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal would not be an eyewash.
“I can assure you that it won’t be an eyewash, I don’t have the terms of references right now, and I can say more after I get it,” he told a TV channel.
The judge reminded that the probe has been constituted by the Supreme Court and not BCCI. He also hinted that if the need arose, the committee could question anybody in the BCCI.
The court has asked the probe panel to complete its inquiry within four months. The apex court also directed the BCCI and Srinivasan not to interfere in the probe.
The committee will investigate Gurunath Meiyappan and the owners of Rajasthan Royals and file a report on erring IPL franchisees, it said.
The court ruled that Srinivasan can resume his duties, as long as he doesn’t deal with any matters relating to the IPL.
Senior advocate and additional solicitor general Nageswara Rao and Assam Cricket Association member Nilay Datta are the other two members of the newly-formed probe committee.
Asked what would be his first task after again taking charge, Srinivasan refused to give details. “I will talk about it later,” he said.