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Verma is for CBI probe

Calcutta: Aditya Verma, the Cricket Association of Bihar secretary and the man credited with turning the heat on Narayanswamy Srinivasan, has opposed the three-member probe committee to be suggested by the BCCI to the Supreme Court.

Verma demanded a probe by either the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) or National Intelligence Agency (NIA) into the IPL scandal.

“Only CBI or NIA enquiry is acceptable to me because if Hon’ble apex court-formed Justice Mudgal Committee is not acceptable by BCCI then why will I consider their probe panel,” said Verma in a statement.

“On behalf of CAB, I will strongly object to this BCCI panel in Supreme Court on 22.04.2014, and strongly demand for CBI or NIA enquiry… Only apex court can change the image of BCCI,” he said.

Verma objected to the inclusion of former India captain Ravi Shastri in the three-member panel suggested by the BCCI at its emergent working committee meeting in Mumbai on Sunday.

The two other members are former Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court J. N. Patel and ex-CBI director R. K. Raghavan.

“I have no doubt about the credentials of two members, but Mr Ravi Shastri is a paid employee of BCCI… Last few days after IPL 6 scam, he always read Srini chalisha, so no hope from Shastri,” Verma said.

Verma has earlier demanded that the Board’s former president Shashank Manohar head the panel to probe into the IPL scandal.

Former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi also echoed similar sentiments. “There should be no compromise on new panel. Current proposed panel has Srini cronies on it. Supreme Court should allow Cbi 2 only do enquiry,” Modi tweeted.