AC Mutthiah calls for dissolution of BCCI's 3-member inquiry commission

AC Muthiah (right) called for N Srinivasan’s resignation saying that the BCCI cannot be treated like a private club © AFP

New Delhi: Jun 1, 2013

Former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President AC Muthiah on Saturday called for dissolution of the three-member inquiry commission, constituted by the BCCI to go into allegations of betting in Indian Premier League (IPL) against embattled Board chief N Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, in the wake of Sanjay Jagdale‘s resignation from the panel.

Only two members are left in the probe panel after the resignation of Cricket Board secretary Jagdale, who withdrew from the commission that was set up to prove allegations of betting against Chennai Super Kings Team Principal Meiyappan, Rajasthan Royals franchise whose players were arrested for their alleged role in spot-fixing.

“Whoever appointed the three-member committee, will realise the total illegality of constitution of the probe committee and dissolve the said committee rather than create more confusion and embarrass the two retired judges of Madras High Court by filling up the vacancy created by the resignation of Mr. Jadgale,” Muthiah said in a statement. Saying that the BCCI cannot be treated like a private club, Muthiah called for Srinivasan’s resignation.

“In the present circumstances there is no other option except for N Srinivasan to resign from the post of President of BCCI in order to maintain probity in public life. BCCI cannot be treated like a private club,” he said.

“As the Board controls the profession of Cricketers, its actions are required to be judged and viewed by higher standards. It is furthermore unfortunate that room for suspicion has been created that all its dealings are not fair. The Board has been accused of shady dealings and double standards”. Muthiah said the constitution of the probe panel by BCCI was unacceptable as the issue of conflict of interest was involved in the exercise.

“The appointment of the panel has been made by BCCI of which N Srinivasan is the President. Even though N Srnivasan has made a statement that he will distance himself from the probe it is incongruous that the probe panel is appointed by BCCI whose President is N Srinivasan and BCCI will be assisting the panel in the investigation when the franchisee of Chennai Super King is India Cements Ltd of which Srinivasan is the Vice-President and Managing Director,” Muthiah said.

“Conflict of interest is very blatant leading to grave doubts about the efficacy of the probe,” he said.

Further, questioning the appointment of the panel, Muthiah said, “It is not clear which Committee of the BCCI has appointed the three-member probe committee. The terms of reference have also not been published. Also it is unfortunate that BCCI has chosen to constitute the three-member committee when there is no power for the BCCI to constitute the said committee as per the constitution of the BCCI and IPL and all Rules and Regulations, the Franchise agreement and the Anti Corruption Code. BCCI has been ill advised to constitute the committee.

“The Memorandum and Rules and Regulations of the BCCI do not contemplate the constitution of a 3-member panel for going into allegations of misconduct by IPL Franchisees/Owners. Rule 32 of the Rules and Regulations of BCCI only refers to procedure to deal with misconduct of players, umpires, Team officials, administrators, referees and selectors and any person appointed or employed by BCCI.”

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