IPL spot-fixing: Srinivasan, Meiyappan, Kundra named in Mudgal report, says SC
The Indian cricket board’s president-in-exile N Srinivasan, IPL chief operating officer Sundar Raman and IPL team officials Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra have been indicted for “misdemeanour” in the 2013 spot-fixing scandal, the Supreme Court revealed on Friday.cricket Updated: Nov 15, 2014 14:30 IST
Disclosing the names of those being investigated by the Justice Mudgal committee for the first time, the court also hinted at the involvement of certain Indian and international cricketers, but said their names "should be left out for now".
The Mudgal committee is probing betting and spot-fixing allegations against 13 individuals. It had submitted its final report to the court in sealed cover last week.
In an immediate fallout, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) postponed its November 20 annual general meeting — during which Srinivasan was expected to contest elections for the president’s post — by another four weeks.
“There are certain findings (in the Mudgal report) against individuals that may be understood to be indicting some persons with regard to whom investigations were conducted,” a special bench headed by justice TS Thakur observed in its order.
“The report does suggest some misdemeanour. What we are thinking is that the findings are in relation to players and other actors in the drama. As far as the players are concerned, we will disallow making public the findings in the interest of the game. We will disallow that part of the report,” it said.
But it said it would “identity non-players in the report” and went on to name the four officials — and, inadvertently, three players, mistaking them for non-players. When the bench realised its error, it said the identity of the players should not be made public at this stage.
The court has given Srinivasan, his son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings official Meiyappan, Rajasthan Royal co-owner Kundra and Sundar Raman four days to respond. It has ordered that copies of the report be made available to them, to the BCCI and to Aditya Verma of the Cricket Association of Bihar, whose petition seeking Srinivasan’s removal as BCCI chief was being heard.
It will take the matter up next on November 24.
The Supreme Court had on May 16 formally asked the Mudgal committee to probe the 13 people named in its preliminary report. The panel had at that stage felt the allegations against them were unsubstantiated.