No respite for Srinivasan as SC stops shy of naming star players
When a Special Bench of the Supreme Court, comprising Justices TS Thakur and FM Kalifullah, began the much-awaited hearing into the Mudgal Committee findings on Friday, BCCI lawyer, C Aryama Sundaram, and Kapil Sibal, representing barred BCCI president, N Srinivasan, wore confident looks. But the Bench's revelation of four 'other actors in the drama' came as a shocker to them.cricket Updated: Nov 15, 2014 05:14 IST
When a Special Bench of the Supreme Court, comprising Justices TS Thakur and FM Kalifullah, began the much-awaited hearing into the Mudgal Committee findings on Friday, BCCI lawyer, C Aryama Sundaram, and Kapil Sibal, representing barred BCCI president, N Srinivasan, wore confident looks. But the Bench's revelation of four "other actors in the drama" came as a shocker to them.
"Gurunath Meiyappan, is he a player or official," asked Justice Thakur. Senior lawyer Harish Salve, representing the Cricket Association of Bihar, responded to the question, "He is an official my lordship." Justice Thakur then named one foreign player who plays in the IPL for Rajasthan Royals. "Is he an official or player!" asked Justice Thakur. Again, Salve, sitting in the front row of the packed court No. 2, said, "He is a player my lordship." After that Justice Thakur read out the name of a Chennai Super Kings player followed by a pacer of Rajasthan Royals along with Royals co-owner Raj Kundra and IPL chief Sundar Raman. Srinivasan's name was last on the list.
Sundaram appealed to the Bench that the media should be restrained from making the names of the players public.
"You took the names lordship as you were not aware. But the media will make it public which is not good for the reputation of the players," urged Sundaram.
"This is not the entire Indian team, but I can request the media to be responsible," said Justice Thakur.
He said the Bench had to read the report and found some reports of "misdemeanors" by four "non-playing persons". The court would be sending them a notice and copy of report to submit their response.
Sundaram insisted that the court should allow the BCCI to go ahead with its AGM, scheduled for November 20, but the court rejected his request.
"Unless we address this issue fully, is it fair to go ahead with the AGM? I think you should postpone it," observed Justice Thakur.
Soon after, the BCCI lawyer informed the court that the Board would postpone its AGM by three weeks. But within minutes, Sundaram amended his statement and told the court that the postponement was for four weeks.
"Ok, no problem, you can make it eight weeks also. The court has no objection," said Justice Thakur.
Rajasthan Royals chief executive officer, Raghu Iyer, also attended the hearing along with franchise's lawyer who termed Kundra only an "investor".
"We are going to get a copy of the report tomorrow (Saturday). We will read it and only after that we will be able to make any comment," Iyer told HT.
On May 16, the Supreme Court had asked BB Mishra, deputy director general of the Narcotics Control Bureau, to head the investigation. The Mudgal Committee has been investigating 13 players and officials suspected of being involved in the fixing scandal.