The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear a petition filed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India to get a copy of audio recording of statements made by Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Board president and CSK owner N. Srinivasan and Indian Premier League Chief Operating Officer Sunder Raman. All three had deposed before the court-appointed inquiry committee, headed by retired judge Justice Mukul Mudgal. The petition will be heard on Friday.
The Mudgal committee, appointed in October 2013, had investigated the IPL scandal for four months before submitting its reports to the two-judge Supreme Court bench on February 10. Along with two reports, the panel also submitted a sealed envelope that contained "many allegations of sporting fraud". Several reports have circulated in the media that links India skipper Dhoni with bookies.
The BCCI's lawyers are seeking transcripts of the audio tape so that they can argue their case on April 16 when the hearing resumes once again. The petitioner's counsel has already charged Dhoni for not revealing the real identity of Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, who has been indicted by the panel for betting and sharing team information. Dhoni reportedly said Meiyappan was "an enthusiast". The Mudgal committee, in its report, confirmed Meiyappan was a team official.
Supreme Court has already passed an interim order on March 28. It has stripped Srinivasan of his powers as BCCI president and appointed two interim Board heads -- Sunil Gavaskar (for IPL affairs) and Shivlal Yadav (for non-IPL affairs).
The court also wants Gavaskar to take action against Sundar Raman, whose name has also been linked to betting. Sundar Raman has run the IPL ever since it started in 2008. (How clean is Sundar Raman? Sunil Gavaskar asks IPL team owners)