While some of the big names probed by the Justice Mudgal panel in connection with the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing case have already been disclosed, mystery around ‘Individual 3’ – who is reportedly said to be a member of the Indian cricket team is yet to be solved.
BCCI sources identified ‘Individual 3’ in the Mudgal committee report as a Team India player but contradicted the panel’s findings that former cricket chief N Srinivasan and others did not take action against him for violating the players’ code.
The report further says that the board had “reprimanded” the cricketer, who also plays for Chennai Super Kings, after he was seen in the company of a woman accused of having links with bookies during a tour to Sri Lanka.
The findings of the Mudgal report have said that ICC boss N Srinivasan along with four other BCCI officials were aware of violation of the Players Code of Conduct by Individual 3, but no action was taken.
Earlier, in its report to the Supreme Court, the Mudgal committee said IPL COO Sundar Raman remained in touch with bookies. Sundar Raman knew a contact of a bookie and had contacted him eight times in one season, the panel added.
The report said even though Srinivasan was not involved in any sort of fixing scandal, he along with four other BCCI officials was aware of ICC’s code of conduct being broken by a player and yet didn’t take any action.
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.
Another big name which was indicted by the court was that of Raj Kundra – Rajasthan Royals’ co-owner, who was found to be in touch with bookies and taking bets in violation of the BCCI’s anti-corruption code.
The apex court will hear from Srinivasan, Kundra, Raman and Meiyappan and it is expected that the next hearing will be on 24 November.