IPL spot-fixing and betting controversy: BCCI can't depend on police report, says Niranjan Shah

Niranjan Shah said BCCI will step in to take necessary action against those who are convicted © AFP

New Delhi: Jul 29, 2013

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday defended the report of its panel which inquired into the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing scandal, saying they could not depend on the police report since the two-member commission was already on the job.

“I think we can’t depend on police report as we had already constituted a commission and whatever the commission said is final,” BCCI Vice-President Niranjan Shah said when questioned as to why the BCCI didn’t wait for Mumbai and Delhi police to complete their probe before acquitting N Srinivasan of any wrongdoing.

Shah reiterated that two-member probe panel comprising of retired Justice Jayaram Chouta and Retired Justice R Balasubramanian had to continue the probe with whatever “available material”.

“I think BCCI can’t do anything about it (on reports that Mumbai Police didn’t co-operate with panel) as we have no control over it. So, we have to live with whatever material that is available to us,” Shah said.

However, Shah maintained that if any one of the accused is found guilty during further investigations by the police authorities, BCCI will take immediate cognisance.

“If anyone is convicted, automatically the BCCI will take notice and step in to take necessary action,” Shah said.