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IPL Spot-fixing: Mudgal report gives clean chit to Srinivasan, Meiyappan on match-fixing

Cricketnext Staff | November 17, 2014, 2:37 PM IST

Huge relief came N Srinivasan's way on Monday when findings of the Justice Mukul Mudgal Committee's report on IPL spot-fixing confirmed that he and his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan were not involved in match-fixing; however, Srinivasan was aware of corruption in the IPL and Meiyappan did place bets.

Findings of the report were made public by the Supreme Court on Monday that, while sparing Srinivasan and Meiyappan on match-fixing, indicted Rajasthan Royals' co-owner Raj Kundra for involvement in betting.

About Srinivasan, the committee's findings only said that he failed to take action despite being aware of corruption in the IPL. "Srinivasan and four others were aware of the violation of Players Code of Conduct but did not take any action," the report says. It also said Srinivasan did not try to scuttle IPL probe by the Mudgal Committee.

"Thank you so much, will react after reading the judgement," Srinivasan said after the news broke.

Meiyappan, the report says, did meet a bookie in his hotel room but there is no evidence of his involvement in match-fixing. "Investigations have confirmed that this individual was an official of the Chennai [Super Kings] team franchise. There is no material available on record to show that this individual was involved in match-fixing," it said.

However, the report indicted Kundra saying that he was in touch with bookies for betting. "Raj Kundra was in touch with bookies and has violated IPL Anti-Corruption Code. There is material to indicate he was placing bets," said the Mudgal report. "The committee has also found that investigation against Raj Kundra was stopped by Rajasthan Police," it added.

Also, IPL COO Sundra Raman, panel told SC, knew a contact of a bookie and had contacted him eight times in one season.

Sources told CNN-IBN that Sharad Pawar wants Raman sacked and even called up interim BCCI president Shivlal Yadav. Pawar wants persons named in Mudgal report sacked from BCCI. Yadav reportedly has turned down Pawar's call to sack Raman until he sees the report.

"Good Luck to Mr Srinivasan, hope things move forward from here," Yadav told CNN-IBN. "Whether Mr. Srinivasan was in the know of the things [about fixing in IPL], let the court say that and then BCCI will react."

The matter will next come up for hearing in the Supreme Court on November 24.

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