In a severe blow to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and its president-in-exile N Srinivasan, the Bombay High Court  on Tuesday held as "illegal and unconstitutional" the two-member probe panel set up by it to look into spot-fixing and betting charges in the IPL tournament.

The High Court order comes just two days after the probe panel submitted its report on July 28 giving a clean chit to Srinivasan, his son-in-law and owner of Chennai Super Kings team Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra, owner of Rajasthan Royals and husband of actress Shilpa Shetty.

A division bench of justices S J Vazifdar and M S Sonak was hearing a public interest litigation filed by Cricket Association of Bihar and its secretary Aditya Verma challenging the constitution of the two-member commission, set up by the BCCI and IPL Governing Council to probe allegations of betting and spot fixing.