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Will probe those named in Mudgal report: BCCI tells SC

Agencies  New Delhi, March 27, 2014
First Published: 11:38 IST(27/3/2014) | Last Updated: 13:38 IST(27/3/2014)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday gave its proposal before the Supreme Court in the Indian Premier League betting and spot-fixing case saying it is ready to take disciplinary proceedings against those who figure in justice Mukul Mudgal committee report, according to reports.

The SC on Tuesday had told N Srinivasan to step down as the BCCI chief to enable free and fair probe in the betting and spot-fixing scandal involving his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan and some cricketers.

Meiyappan was found guilty of match-fixing and betting during IPL 2013 by the apex court-appointed committee, headed by former Punjab and Haryana chief justice Mudgal, probing corruption charges against team owners of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals.

The SC on Thursday began final hearing in the IPL spot-fixing case.

Read: Endgame? Fearing SC's hammer, Srinivasan prepares to exit stage

The BCCI also told the SC a detailed investigation on the basis of findings of Mudgal committee report is required.

The cricket board also offered that Srinivasan would set aside for a free and fair probe and the Chennai Police may have a time bound probe into the IPL spot-fixing case, reports said.

"We'll have to think hard for the benefit of cricket and pass order," the SC said on the BCCI's proposal.

The justice Mudgal committee had also said allegations of fixing against Meiyappan require further investigation and also left it to the Supreme Court the issue of conflict of interest against Srinivasan, who heads India Cements that owns CSK.

It also comprised of additional solicitor general N Nageswara Rao and Assam Cricket Association member Nilay Dutta.

The over 100-page report went into various issues like suspected involvement of six India-capped players in fixing, betting allegations against Rajasthan Royals owners and the need to bring discipline in players.

The three-member committee had named in its report six prominent "Indian capped" players, including one who is part of the current team.

Read: Srinivasan under fire from three BCCI VPs after SC ruling

Under the Franchise Agreement and IPL's anti-corruption code, CSK runs the risk of facing disciplinary action including ban for the acts of Meiyappan, who was its Team Principal, for bringing the game into disrepute.

"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 had said rejecting Srinivasan's contention that he was merely a cricket enthusiast.

The Board had earlier said that "speculative and baseless" charges against leading cricketers have been made by "unscrupulous" news channels and the apex court must pass an order to prevent any further damage to the image and reputation of "innocent" cricketers.

The court had appointed the panel on October 8 last year to investigate the scandal that rocked the popular Twenty20 tournament run by the BCCI.

(With PTI inputs)


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