The Justice Mukul Mudgal Committee report on the betting and match fixing scandal in the Indian Premier League (IPL) is out and N Srinivasan, the former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chairman, has been found innocent of either of the charges. But the report does indict him of inaction—of failing to act against a player and other individuals who were involved in the crimes. Besides, his son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings (an IPL franchisee) official, Gurunath Meiyappan, has been found to have indulged in illegal betting.
At the moment, going by the committee choosing to identify the breach of the IPL code of ethics as ‘misdemeanours’, any inference of actual culpability would be erroneous. Srinivasan, nevertheless, remains in a spot, given he had claimed that Meiyappan was no official of the Super Kings, but had just a loose association with the IPL franchisee and that he himself had no clue of the latter’s activities. The Mudgal report nails these lies, confirming that Meiyappan was indeed an official and hinting that his father-in-law knew of this but did nothing. BCCI is in desperate need of a cleaner image and the members, per force, have to be like Caesar’s wife—above suspicion. And for that, there is a need to keep the tainted out of it.