IPL match-fixing scandal: Gurunath Meiyappan indicted, BCCI chief N Srinivasan plea rejected

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: Feb 11 2014, 07:04am hrs
In a major embarrassment to BCCI President N Srinivasan and raising questions over the status of Chennai Super Kings, his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan's role in CSK as the team official and his involvement in betting during the IPL matches stands proved, a Supreme Court-appointed Committee has found.

"The role of Gurunath Meiyappan in Chennai Super Kings (CSK) as the team official stands proved and the allegations of betting and passing of information against Meiyappan stand proved," a report of the three-member committee headed by former Punjab and Haryana Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal said.

"However, the allegations of fixing require further investigation," said the committee, also comprising Additional Solicitor General N Nagehswar Rao and Assam Cricket Association member Nilay Dutta.

The committee's report comes ahead two days ahead of the auction in Bangalore for the high-profile IPL tournament this year and raises questions on the status of the CSK as Meiyappan was the Team Principal of CSK, though Srinivasan claimed he was only a cricket enthusiast.

The team may attract provisions of termination clause under the Franchise Agreement which says that any franchisee, franchisee group company and/or any owner acts in any way that has adverse affect on the reputation of the League, BCCI/IPL, BCCI and the game of cricket.

However, the BCCI has to decide whether the disciplinary action it may take could be a period of ineligibility or a ban on specific periods for the team or only a ban on the individual concerned.

"The committee is of the view that the material on record clearly indicates that Meiyappan was the face of CSK and the team official of CSK," the report said, while rejecting Srinivasan's contention that his son-in-law was merely a cricket enthusiast.

The committee, which was asked to give a report, was appointed by a bench of justices A K Patnaik and J S Kehar to probe the allegation of betting and spot-fixing against Meiyappan and owners of Rajasthan Royals.

The report also dealt with the allegations of betting and spot fixing against Rajashthan Royals' Raj Kundra and said it need to be further investigated.

"Allegation of betting and spot fixing against Raj Kundra, team owner of Jaipur Cricket Private Limited, need to be further investigated," the report added.

Highlights of the Justice Mudgal report on 2013 IPL betting scandal:

* Justice Mudgal report says allegations of betting and passing of information against Gurunath Meiyappan stand proved

* Report of IPL match fixing says allegations of fixing requires further investigation.

* Meiyappan was the face of Chennai Super Kings, says report while rejecting N Srinivasan's contention that he was merely a cricket enthusiast.

* Allegations of betting and spot fixing against Rajasthan Royals' Raj Kundra need to be further investigated, says the report submitted to Supreme Court.

* Retd armed force personnel, police officers be recruited by BCCI to handle cases of corruption and match fixing, says the report.

* The committee gives names of people who figured during the probe in a sealed envelope to court.

* Conflict of interest on Srinivasan holding post of BCCI chief and ownership of IPL franchisee is a serious issue, needs to be considered by court: Report.

* The committee gives ten-point suggestion to the Supreme Court for making cricket a "cleaner" game and eliminate evil of spot and match fixing.

* Report favours noted players Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, V Prasad, Anil Kumble should advise youngsters about the malaise of fixing.