IPL Case: Justice Lodha Panel to Consider Looking Into Sealed Cover, Says Supreme Court

Published: 07th August 2015 06:49 PM  |   Last Updated: 07th August 2015 06:49 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today left it to a panel headed by former Chief Justice of India R M Lodha to consider the feasibility of opening and looking into the sealed envelope submitted by Justice Mukul Mudgal Committee containing names of some players allegedly involved in IPL spot-fixing.     

The apex court said it would be for the three-member panel headed by Justice Lodha, which is considering administrative reforms in BCCI, to take a call on the issue keeping in mind the "image and reputation" of the persons whose names are in the sealed envelope.         

"If the Committee wants to look into it without affecting the image and reputation of some persons, it can consider it," a bench comprising Justices T S Thakur and F M I Kalifulla said while declining to go on its own on the plea of Aditya Verma, Secretary, Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB), seeking handing over of Justice Mudgal Committee's report, which contains names of some players          

The bench said it was for the CAB to make an application before the Committee, also comprising its two former judges, Justices Ashok Bhan and R V Raveendran, which on considering and examining the records of the matter can consider request of the applicant.  

"So long as no request comes from Justice Lodha Committee on record, there is no need of passing any order," the bench said.       

When asked by the bench whether Justice Lodha Committee was meeting lawyers and others, senior advocate Nalini Chidambaram, appearing for the CAB, said "they heard wide spectrum of people".    

Then the bench asked "Do you think it will help in bringing reforms in the BCCI? Do you think it will have any impact and will something emerge and help BCCI to come out of its present state of affair?            

"Will it change the complexion of the BCCI? Let us see," the bench said while asking CAB to make an application before the Justice Lodha Committee with its plea.          

The bench also accepted the request of the Justice Lodha Committee and extended its term by another five months asking it to complete the ongoing process by December 31.  

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