In the latest development of the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing case, the Mudgal committee told the Supreme Court that ICC boss N Srinivasan was not found to be involved in match-fixing scam.
On Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, the report said that he did meet a bookie in his hotel room but there is no evidence of his involvement in betting. “Investigations have confirmed that this individual was an official of the Chennai [Super Kings] team franchise. There is no material available on record to show that this individual was involved in match-fixing,” it said.
The Mudgal committee also said that Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials were aware of Meiyappan’s activities but they did not act on it.
The report also said that Rajasthan Royals’ co-owner Raj Kundra, IPL COO Sundar Raman were in touch with bookies. Sundar Raman knew a contact of a bookie and had contacted him eight times in one season, the panel added.
Meanwhile, speaking to a leading news channel, Shivlal Yadav – BCCI acting President said that action would be taken against all those who are found guilty.
Earlier, resuming the hearing of the case, the Supreme Court on November 14, disclosed seven names that were probed by the Justice Mudgal Committee.
The big names included that of ICC boss N Srinivasan, his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, and Rajasthan Royals’ co-owner Raj Kundra. Meiyappan had already been indicted following an incident where a Forensic Science Laboratory in Mumbai confirmed his voice samples in a tapped conversation with another accomplice Vindoo Dara Singh.
COO of the IPL and CLT20 Sundar Raman too was probed.
The hearing was further adjourned till November 24. All four people have been asked to be physically present in the court for the next hearing.
The BCCI elections that were slated for November 20 have now been put on hold.
The Supreme Court had on November 10 asked for more time to read the report submitted by the Mudgal-led committee that was probing the IPL spot-fixing case.
While the court told both sides it needed more time, the apex court also asked all the parties whether the content of the report should be made public.
Aditya Verma, the petitioner, had called for the report to be made public in the interest of the sport.
BCCI also came up with a request where it said that since elections are coming up and there is an AGM meet on November 20, the court should allow N Srinivasan to participate if he is not found guilty. The court has however refused to give Srinivasan the permission to contest the elections.