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Mudgal in channel watchdog

New Delhi, Feb. 13: Former high court judge Mukul Mudgal, whose IPL probe report indicted cricket board chief N. Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, will now head a self-regulatory body of channels.

Mudgal’s appointment as the chief of the Broadcast Content Complaints Council has been cleared by the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF), an association of channels.

Outgoing council chairman A.P. Shah has been assigned to head the Law Commission of India.

Mudgal was preferred over two other former judges who were contenders for the council’s top job.

Sources said a possible reason could be that Mudgal had earlier chaired a committee set up by the information and broadcasting ministry to propose amendments to the Cinematograph Act, 1952.

The panel had proposed a model cinematograph bill. It had also recommended that state governments should not be allowed to ban release of films citing law and order reasons.

As the head of the broadcast council, Mudgal will chair a meeting of the body scheduled at the end of this month.

He had on Monday submitted his IPL probe report indicting BCCI chief Srinivasan’s son-in-law.

In his judicial career, Mudgal was a judge in Delhi High Court before becoming the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court in December 2009. He retired in January 2011.