Cracking the whip in the Indian Premier League (IPL) corruption case, the Supreme Court on Tuesday insisted that action must be taken against Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) president-in-exile N Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan. At the end of the proceedings, it was decided that the court would appoint a two-member committee of retired judges that will look into the matter and come up with the solution.
Earlier on Tuesday morning, the Supreme Court gave Srinivasan four options if he, along with the BCCI, did not want the court to issue adverse orders. Here are the following options:
1) Srinivasan should withdraw from BCCI.
2) New committee should be formed to take action against those named by the Mudgal panel.
3) BCCI governing council should take action.
4) Mudgal panel should take action.
Replying to BCCI later in the afternoon, Srinivasan's lawyers suggested that there are five options that can be pursued.
1) The matter should be handed to BCCI Behaviour Committee (the committee exists and includes Ravi Shastri, Arindam Ganguly, Amitabh Choudhary, Sanjay Patel and one more official)
2) Matter should be refereed to BCCI-appointed independent committee
3) Supreme Court should nominate a committee of BCCI officials
4) Supreme Court should appoint a two-member committee of retired judges to deal with the matter
5) Justice Mudgal panel should look into the matter
Later on it was decided that the court would appoint a two-member committee of retired judges that will look into the matter and come up with the solution.
Supreme Court also objected to Srinivasan attending Tamil Nadu Cricket Association meetings even after stepping aside as a cricket administrator. Srinivasan admitted it was a mistake and said he should not have attended the meetings.
Srinivasan was accused of taking no action against Meiyappan and now the apex court wants the BCCI to spell out how the former CSK official should be punished. "Want action against Meiyappan. What can be done to decide quantum of punishment? We don't want to bypass BCCI, announce punitive measures," the court said on Tuesday.
The Supreme Court has also given time to the BCCI to come up with solutions and the proposed action against Chennai Super Kings and Meiyappan.
In the previous hearing on Monday, the apex court had put the onus on Srinivasan and talked about his conflict of interest. The court observed that it was difficult for it to accept that the involvement of Meiyappan - a team official of Chennai Super Kings - in betting during IPL 2013 did not result in conflict of interest.
In the previous hearings, the court had questioned the BCCI as to why IPL franchise CSK shouldn't be disqualified from the IPL and asked them to act immediately on the Mudgal report.
The court also had said that BCCI elections should go ahead but directed that all board members who are under investigation to keep away. Then, it asked the Indian board if there was any provision in its constitution to debar Srinivasan from contesting the BCCI polls in future.
The SC will resume hearing in the case at 10:30 am on Wednesday.