NEW DELHI, Sept 1, (AFP): India’s Supreme Court Monday gave investigators another two months to probe allegations of corruption in cricket as they blocked a bid by ICC president N. Srinivasan to resume his role as head of the national board. Srinivasan, who was forced by the court in March to stand aside as chief of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) pending investigations, now heads the International Cricket Council — the game’s world governing body. The panel of investigators, led by former judge Mukul Mudgal, had submitted an initial report into the allegations surrounding the Indian Premier League (IPL) to the Supreme Court on Friday but had asked for more time to wrap up their inquiries.
In Monday’s hearing in New Delhi, a two-judge bench gave the panel until November 10 when the court will meet again. The court commissioned the investigation after rejecting a proposal by the BCCI to conduct its own probe into allegations about matches in last year’s Twenty20 tournament. In February the Mudgal panel produced a damning preliminary report along with a sealed envelope containing the names of 13 individuals whom it felt should be investigated further. The court said Srinivasan was one of those named in the list. It asked the Mudgal panel to investigate him and the other 12 unidentified persons.