IPL corruption case hearing to resume in Supreme Court
The Supreme Court will resume hearing the Indian Premier League corruption case on Friday. A three-member probe panel submitted its report to the apex court on February 10. The report has found Chennai Super Kings official Gurunath Meiyappan guilty of betting.
The reports on corruption in the Indian Premier League, submitted by a three-member inquiry committee, will come up for hearing in the Supreme Court on Friday. The case is listed at around 1 PM. The Justice Mukul Mudgal-led panel, appointed by the apex court in October last year, submitted its findings on February 10. The 170-page report -- with annexures running into more than 4000 pages - was compiled after recording statements of players, journalists and officials associated with the IPL. (IPS officer who named MS Dhoni suspended)
The probe report has found Chennai Super King's Gurunath Meiyappan guilty of betting and passing match-related information during Indian Premier League 2013. Meiyappan is the son in law of Board of Control for Cricket in India president, N. Srinivasan. The report, however, says that more investigation is necessary against Rajasthan Royals owner Raj Kundra, who is also facing charges of betting and match-fixing. Kundra is the husband of Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty. (Probe committee report to headline big week for IPL)
Last July, a two-member BCCI-appointed panel, comprising retired judges T Jayaram Chouta and R Balasubramanian had found "no evidence of any wrongdoing" on the part of Gurunath and Kundra. However, the Mudgal panel says betting and spot-fixing charges against Gurunath had "not been investigated thoroughly" by the anti-corruption units of the ICC and the BCCI or the Crime Branch Criminal Investigation Department of the Chennai police, "even though some information was available for such an investigation to be conducted." One of the probe report even indicates the possible involvement of a current Indian player in the scandal. (Probe report will have no impact on player's auctions: Shukla)
The details of the Mudgal report are expected to have a deep impact on the future of CSK and RR. As per IPL Governing Council's constitution, both CSK and RR face suspension. According to clause 11.3 of the IPL franchise agreement, if any official, team owner or anyone associated with the team tarnishes the image of the league, the franchise can be terminated immediately. (Probe report finds Meiyappan guilty)
Meiyappan was designated as the Team Principal of CSK before being demoted when news of him being involved in illegal betting came to limelight. While defending him, Srinivasan said Meiyappan was a mere "enthusiast" and had nothing to do with CSK. Mudgal report clearly says Meiyappan was indeed the "face of CSK and a team official." (Conclusions and recommendations of probe report)