N. Srinivasan and Son-in-Law Gurunath Meiyappan in Focus as Final IPL Scam Hearing Resumes

N. Srinivasan is expected to seek another term as BCCI president if the Supreme Court clears him in the IPL hearing on Monday.

Updated: November 10, 2014 04:01 IST
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Cricket will return to the corridors of law as the final hearing on corruption in Indian Premier League resumes on Monday afternoon. While it will be interesting to see what a year-long probe by a high-profile inquiry panel actually reveals, the Supreme Court's verdict on the future of N. Srinivasan in Indian cricket administration is the one that will be eagerly awaited. (Cricket World Awaits Mudgal Report)

While Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan -- indicted for betting and sharing team information in an earlier inquiry report -- is likely to be censured again, the fate of two-time IPL champions Chennai Super Kings will also be in focus. (Srinivasan Named in Probe Report: Supreme Court)

Meiyappan was team principal of CSK till last year. He had nothing to do with the IPL this year, at least officially. Srinivasan's company India Cements owns the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai franchise. According to IPL rules, if a team official is involved in corruption, a franchise can be punished with suspension. (Meiyappan's Voice Sample Confirmed, Say Sources)

Former Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Mukul Mudgal has led the high-profile probe panel. The investigations were done in two stages. The second probe was more focused as it dealt with 13 persons against whom there were charges but no substantial evidence. (BCCI Probe Panel Illegal: Bombay High Court)

One of the 13 persons was Srinivasan. A few high-profile Chennai players have also been investigated. Mudgal's final report was submitted to the Supreme Court in a sealed envelope on November 3. (Supreme Court Proposes Probe Panel)

Srinivasan, who was stood down as BCCI president till the investigations were over, has repeatedly claimed that he is "clean." There are charges of "conflict of interest" against him since Meiyappan was CSK's face ever since IPL started in 2008. (Probe Report Finds Meiyappan Guilty)

Now the chairman of International Cricket Council, Srinivasan is eyeing another stint as BCCI president. The Board is expecting some favourable news as it plans to elect Srinivasan again at its AGM on November 20. The AGM was controversially deferred by the BCCI working committee, clearly indicating that it could not be held in Srinivasan's absence as president. (Appoint Gavaskar as Interim BCCI Chief: Supreme Court)

While all eyes will be on the Supreme Court on Monday, the Police are also doing their investigations. Meiyappan's actions have caught the police's attention too. His voice samples have matched with taped conversations with bookies. But how much the police will finally reveal publicly remains to be seen. (Srinivasan Appeals to Supreme Court to be Re-instated as BCCI Chief)

The menace of spot-fixing and betting is a worldwide phenomenon. The court can at best suggest steps to curb it. The BCCI and ICC already have Anti-Corruption Units and strict procedures are in place. But cheats have learnt to beat the law and leave little evidence behind. How much Mudgal and his team have been able to unearth remains to be seen. (Court Asks Mudgal to Carry on Probe)

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