The Supreme Court will hear Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) appeal against the Bombay High Court order which had previously deemed the Board's internal investigation into Indian Premier League spot-fixing as 'unconstitutional' and 'illegal'.
The hearing is crucial as a possible verdict today will have an impact on BCCI's Annual General Meeting in which president-in-exile N Srinivasan is expected to seek a one-year extension.
The apex court had earlier (August 30) issued a notice to the BCCI, N Srinivasan, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals in regards to the public interest litigation (PIL) filed by the Cricket Association of Bihar. A division bench of Justices SJ Vazifdar and MS Sonak were hearing a PIL filed by the CAB 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 in the 2013 tournament.
An internal probe panel, originally comprising former judges T Jayaram Chouta and R Balasubramanian and then BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale, was constituted on May 28 to investigate the allegations against Srinivasan's son-in-law and CSK team owner Gurunath Meiyappan, who maintained his innocence after getting bail. Srinivasan, who owns the CSK franchise, remained defiant through the turmoil and refused to resign but had to step aside as BCCI president after a stormy emergent Board meeting on June 2 where Dalmiya took charge of an interim arrangement to run the Board's affairs pending the inquiry. The upheaval led to the resignations of Board secretary Sanjay Jagdale and treasurer Ajay Shirke, who asked for Srinivasan's resignation on moral grounds.