IPL spot-fixing and betting controversy: BCCI's internal inquiry an eye-wash, says Jaywant Lele

Jaywant Lele feels if Gurunath Meiyappan (above) had admitted to betting, N Srinivasan’s term as BCCI president should have ended © PTI

New Delhi: Jul 30, 2013

Applauding the Bombay High Court’s order, former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary Jaywant Lele on Tuesday said that the Indian Cricket Board’s internal inquiry panel was an “eyewash”.

The Bombay High Court on Tuesday held as “illegal and unconstitutional” the two-member probe panel set up by the BCCI to look into spot-fixing and betting charges in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

“Bombay High Court has taken a very correct decision. According to me also this (BCCI’s internal inquiry) was an eyewash. The judges appointed in the two-member committee were the people of N Srinivasan.”

“How is that on the day of the Working Committee meeting, the report is submitted in the morning and in the evening the two people (N Srinivasan’s son-in-law and team principal of Chennai Super Kings Gurunath Meiyappan and Rajasthan Royals’ co-owner Raj Kundra) were set free? It is nothing but fraud,” Lele told reporters.

“We have to wait until the proceedings in the court are finished. The result will come in due course of time,” he added.

The Court order has come just two days after the probe panel submitted its report on July 28, giving a clean chit to Srinivasan, Meiyappan and Kundra.

Lele said the moment Meiyappan agreed to betting in IPL matches, the franchise has no right to stay in the IPL.

“The board constitution is clear that any close relative of the franchise owner is found in any sought of misconduct he has no right to stay. The moment Meiyappan agreed with the police that he had bet, Srinivasan’s term ends,” he said.