What lies in store for the Chennai Super Kings and the Rajasthan Royals is going to get crystallised, as the Supreme Court on Friday will resume the hearing of the Mudgal Committee report.
The report, which was submitted to the court on February 10, had underlined the corruption in IPL after the three-member committee, headed by former high court judge Mukul Mudgal implicated Gurunath Meiyappan, son-in-law of N Srinivasan, BCCI president and owner of Chennai Super Kings, having indulged in betting and passing team information during last edition of the IPL.
The committee further concluded that Meiyappan was not a mere 'enthusiast' as claimed by Srinivasan and that he was indeed a part of the Chennai franchise with accreditations suggesting Meiyappan a team official.
The committee had further questioned the role of Raj Kundra, a co-owner of the Rajasthan Royals for his involvement in betting through a bookie, who had testified before a Delhi court previously.
The other two members of the Mudgal panel are additional solicitor general L Nageswara Rao and Assam Cricket Association member Nilay Dutta.
The panel was set up by the Supreme Court in October 2013 to conduct an independent inquiry into the allegations of corruption against Gurunath, the Super Kings team owner India Cements, and Rajasthan Royals team owner Jaipur IPL Cricket Private Ltd, soon after a two-member BCCI-appointed panel comprising a pair of retired judges (T Jayaram Chouta and R Balasubramanian) had found no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of Gurunath and Kundra.
The Supreme Court took cognizance of the matter after the Cricket Association of Bihar secretary Aditya Verma raised charges of conflict of interest in the formation of BCCI's two-member inquiry panel. A Bombay high court ruling later termed the probe panel "illegal".