Justice Mukul Mudgal-led committee, probing corruption charges against team owners of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, has submitted its report to the Supreme Court on Monday. The 170-page report - with annexures running into more than 4000 pages - has been compiled after recording statements of players, journalists and officials associated with IPL. The committee was formed by the apex court in October last year. (Mukul Mudgal probe committee report to headline big week for Indian Premier League)
The committee has been investigating allegation of betting and spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League. The details of its report are expected to have a deep impact on not just the future of CSK and RR but also the shape that Indian Premier League takes in the near future. If the team owners of the two franchises are found guilty, they may be scrapped as per IPL Governing Council's constitution. (Read: Aditya Verma moves Supreme Court against IPL players' auction)
The probe - as part of its investigations - has scrutinized the role of CSK team principal Gurunath Meiyappan - son-in-law of Board of Control for Cricket in India chief N. Srinivasan. While CSK has maintained that Meiyappan was never the team principal, his deep association with the team has been well known. (Read: Justice Mudgal wants betting legalized)
The report assumes further significance as the IPL auctions for the 2014 season is scheduled to be held on Wednesday (February 12). CSK have been at the forefront - retaining five players for the upcoming tournament. RR too retained some of its stars and has been busy strategizing for the seventh edition of IPL despite three of its players being accused of spot-fixing last year. (Read: IPL spot-fixing probe won't be an eyewash: Justice Mudgal)
The Mudgal report may come up for discussion when the Supreme Court hears a petition filed by Cricket Association of Bihar secretary Aditya Verma seeking for direction to the Board of Control for Cricket in India that the upcoming players' auction should be subject to order passed by it on the probe report.