New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday will resume the hearing related to the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing and betting scandal.
The hearing comes after an apex court bench of Justice TS Thakur and Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla on Monday had asked sidelined BCCI president N Srinivasan whether he was in a position of conflict or not while being the head of the Indian cricket's governing body and also holding a franchise in the IPL.
The top court had maintained that the cash-rich tournament is a mutual beneficial society between BCCI and IPL.
Making some stringent observations over the report submitted by the Mudgal panel, the Supreme Court told BCCI that the common man's trust has been shaken and it's time to uphold the glory of the game.
Observing that it is a "serious issue that can't be wished away", the apex court also made it clear that it will consider the conduct of his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, an official of Chennai Super Kings, while deciding his plea to get back his post from which he had to step aside in June last year in view of the IPL-6 betting and spot fixing scandal.
"Please do not go by the report that you are not involved in the betting and spot fixing and scuttling the probe. Despite all this your official is involved which will affect you," the bench told Srinivasan's counsel Kapil Sibal who pleaded that the report has nothing against him.
"Don't presume anything," the bench said, adding,"You are contesting the election by saying that you are not involved but somebody close to you is involved."
At the outset, the bench raised questions on how Srinivasan can own a team while being President of the Board. It said "the BCCI and IPL cannot be separated and is a creature or product or byproduct of BCCI".
The court added that in the course of the hearing on the Mudgal committee report which has exonerated Srinivasan of any betting or match fixing or scuttling probe in IPL 2013, has indicted his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan of betting.
The court has also recorded some findings about Raj Kundra, co-owner of Rajasthan Royals.
(With agency inputs)