IPL 2013 spot-fixing: Lalit Modi's counsel calls for Justice Katju to probe

Gurunath Meiyappan (C) was arrested for his alleged role in betting during IPL 2013 © IANS

New Delhi: Jun 4, 2013

Former Indian Premier League (IPL) Commissioner Lalit Modi‘s counsel Mehmood Abdi on Tuesday suggested former Supreme Court Judge Markandey Katju’s name to conduct the probe into the spot-fixing controversy and the role of Gurunath Meiyappan in the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) franchise.

“In the interest of justice and fair play it is necessary that a person free from the influence of these gentlemen be the chief of the spot-fixing probe. Retired Supreme Court Judge Markandey Katju is the most appropriate person to fit the position,” Abdi said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Justice Katju is known for his professed views and action on issues of probity in public life, corruption, fairness and above all impartiality,” he said.

The BCCI had appointed a three-man inquiry commission to look into the charges of spot-fixing charges besides looking into the role of board president N Srinivasan‘s son-in-law and CSK Team Principal Meiyappan, arrested on charges of betting in IPL 2013.

Former BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale, who was one of the member of the commission, had declined to be part of the panel after stepping down from his post. The other two members comprised of two former high court judges.

Criticising the present BCCI dispensation for its disregard for probity and transparency, Abdi said there is no hope left for any “fair dealings in the scam-ridden” board.

“Three persons holding positions of power and influence namely Arun Jaitley, Rajiv Shukla and Anurag Thakur choose to meekly toe the line of the so called ‘stepped aside’ president Srinivasan in the recently held working committee meeting in Chennai,” he added.

Abdi is also the president of the Shriganagnagar District Cricket Association in Rajasthan.

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