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‘An awesome responsibility’

Justice Mudgal

Calcutta: “It’s an awesome responsibility... I’ll be fair to everybody concerned... That’s the kind of person I am,” was the first reaction of Justice (retd) Mukul Mudgal, when The Telegraph spoke to him, around 7.30 pm, on Friday.

Justice Mudgal, however, didn’t say anything more as he hadn’t read the Supreme Court’s order.

“Actually, I was busy with meetings throughout the day and have just got free... As I haven’t seen the order as yet, it wouldn’t be proper to talk of specifics... I’m going on a short vacation tomorrow and will start work after May 23.”

The millions who want cricket to be clean are forever going to be indebted to Justice Mudgal and his colleagues (L. Nageswar Rao and Nilay Dutta), who presented an eye-opening report before the apex court more than three months ago.

That apart, Justice Mudgal gave a sealed cover, containing 13 names, which will be the focus of his probe this time.

Narayanswamy Srinivasan features in that list, which is why the Board of Control for Cricket in India didn’t want Justice Mudgal to have anything to do with a Supreme Court-ordered investigation.

But Justices Ananga Kumar Patnaik and Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla weren’t swayed.

We should really be grateful to Justices Patnaik and Kalifulla, too.

Justice Mudgal, incidentally, is a former chief justice of the high court of Punjab and Haryana and is known to have more than a passing interest in cricket.