Spot fixing panel now a two-member body: Dalmiya

Kolkata, June 6 (IANS) Indian crickwet board’s interim chief Jagmohan Dalmiya Thursday announced that the panel probing the Indian Premier League spot fixing scam would now comprise of two retired judges.

Then president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) N. Srinivasan announced May 26 that a three-member commission would be formed to probe the allegations of betting in the IPL against his son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings chief executive officer Gurunath Meiyappan, who was arrested by Mumbai police May 18.

Then BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale and retired high court judges T. Jayaram Chouta and R. Balasubramaniam were later named members of the commission.

However, Jagdale resigned May 31 as secretary and commission member to protest Srinivasan’s refusal to step down even after his son-in-law’s arrest.

“After Jagdale resigned, it has become a two-member commission. I have decided to let it be a two-man commission. We repose full faith in the retired judges and leave the matter to them,” Dalmiya said Thursday.

He said the BCCI did not want to curtail the probe by giving a time limit to the judges.

“We want total work. Justice. Therefore, we would not like to curtail it by saying the time limit starts now, and finishes now,” he said.

Assuring that the probe would not be an eye-wash, Dalmiya said: “We want cricket to be cleaned and run properly.”

Asked whether Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings would both come under the ambit of the probe, Dalmiya said: “That is what we have to wait for till the probe panel is put in. Let’s see how the probe panel proceeds and what outcome it comes out with.”

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