IPL inquiry: No mention of any player's name in my report, says Justice Mudgal
Justice Mukul Mudgal, who headed the Supreme Court appointed three-member inquiry committee to probe corruption in IPL, clarifies that he has not mentioned names of national players in his report.
Members of the three-member probe committee that investigated corruption in the Indian Premier League are seemingly differing over whether "capped" players were allegedly involved in fixing IPL games. On Monday, two separate reports were filed in the Supreme Court on corruption in IPL. While one was filed jointly by Justice Mukul Mudgal and L. Nageswara Rao, the other was filed by advocate Nilay Dutta. Dutta's report sensationally mentions that six "capped" players have been involvedÂ in fixing IPL games. Mudgal has distanced himself from this observation. (Adjoining image is for representation only and is not connected to the story in any manner)
Mudgal told NDTV that he has not "mentioned or even hinted" at the possible involvement ofÂ any national player in his report on spot-fixing and illegal betting in the IPL. "Not sure where figure of six players has come from? In my report we have not named or hinted at any player. Chennai and Delhi Police have the records of bookie conversations in which these Indian cricketers have been named," the retired judge said on Tuesday. (Also read: Probe findings just tip of the iceberg: Lalit Modi tell NDTV)
On Monday, Gurunath Meiyappan, whose father-in-law N. Srinivasan heads cricket's most powerful body in India, was indicted for illegal betting in last year's IPL. A report on a plethora of illegal activities, including spot-fixing and betting, was submitted to the Supreme Court by Mudgal, who headed the three-member probe panel appointed by the apex court in October last year. (Related: Will Chennai Super Kings be banned?)
Justice Mudgal was appointed to study the scandal after an internal inquiry ordered by the BCCI cleared Meiyappan and Rajasthan Royals owner Raj Kundra of charges and was challenged by the secretary of the Cricket Association of Bihar, Aditya Mehta. (Must read: Probe panel member thanks Sachin for his 'useful insight')
The panel has also made various suggestions to clean the game, including recommending that a player's agent should not be allowed to stay in the same hotel as the cricketers. The panel has also raised the issue of conflict of interest where a team owner is also a BCCI functionary. The inquiry panel reports will come up for discussion on March 7 when the Supreme Court reopens the controversial IPL issues on betting and match-fixing. (Top-ten IPL spot-fixing developments)