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BCCI seeks transcripts

Mahendra Singh Dhoni

New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Wednesday urged the Supreme Court to provide the transcripts of the depositions made by India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the temporarily-ousted BCCI president Narayanswamy Srinivasan and IPL’s CEO Sundar Raman, to the Justice Mukul Mudgal Committee.

A bench, headed by Justice A K Patnaik, said it would hear the plea on Friday, even as the main matter relating to the betting-spot fixing allegations in the IPL is slated for hearing on April 16. “We will post the matter for hearing to April 11,” Justice Patnaik said.

The bench passed the order after senior counsel C A Sundaram, appearing for the BCCI, mentioned the matter before the court in the morning, saying an application had been moved by the BCCI.

“We are moving an application for seeking transfer of the audio tapes of the statements made by Dhoni, Srinivasan and Sundar Raman. A lot of things are being reported in the media.

“We want the transcripts so that we can file our response when the matter comes up for hearing on April 16,” Sundaram told the court.

On February 10, in its report to the apex court, the three-member panel had rejected the claim of the BCCI and Srinivasan that his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan had no official role in the management of the Chennai Super Kings. The Jus tice Mukul Mu dgal Committee had made several recommendations for preventing such incidents of betting.

It also acknowledged the involvement of Meiyappan.

On October 7, the apex court had named the three-member panel to probe the IPL spot fixing row as the earlier panel, set up by the BCCI, was quashed by the Bombay High Court.

The apex court had passed the order for the three-member panel while dealing with the Special Leave Petition filed by the BCCI, challenging the Bombay High Court’s decision to quash the earlier two-member panel constituted by the board at the alleged behest of Srinivasan.

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 (R Balasubramanian and Jayaram Chowta).