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Didn’t propose Justice Patel’s name: Shivlal

Shivlal Yadav

Chandigarh: “I didn’t propose Justice (retd) Jai Narayan Patel’s name and I don’t see why any investigation he does will be influenced by his being my brother-in-law...”

Shivlal Yadav, the interim president (non-IPL matters) of the Board, couldn’t have been more straightforward when The Telegraph got through to him on Monday evening.

Justice Patel, a former chief justice of the Calcutta high court, is married to Shivlal’s elder sister, Indrani.

“There’s nothing to hide,” Shivlal, a former India off-spinner, asserted.

Commenting on the demand made by Union minister and Mumbai Cricket Association president Sharad Pawar, Shivlal said: “Shashank Manohar proposed Justice Patel’s name and he didn’t even consult me. Mr Pawar should first find out who took the initiative.”

That Justice Patel’s name was proposed by Manohar (a former president of the Board) has, by the way, already been reported in these columns.

Instead of raising a storm, Pawar needs to answer if he’d given a brief to Mumbai’s man who attended the emergent meeting of the Board’s working committee.

Moreover, generally speaking, how come Mumbai went along with the wishes of the Narayanswamy Srinivasan camp?

Shivlal added: “Some of the members (at the emergent meeting) wanted me on the probe panel, but I recused myself as, in any case, I’ll be chairing the Board’s disciplinary committee.”

Assuming the Supreme Court accepts the panel set up by the Board, then its report will have to be dealt with by the disciplinary committee.