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IPL probe report finds N Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan guilty of betting

| February 10, 2014, 1:26 PM IST

In a major setback to the Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) President N Srinivasan, Justice Mukul Mudgal Committee in its report submitted to the Supreme Court on the Indian Premier League spot-fixing case said that some allegations against Gurunath Meiyappan are true.

Former Chennai Super Kings team principal Meiyappan has been indicted for betting. The 170-page report, filed in the Supreme Court on Monday morning, said Meiyappan, the son-in-law of Srinivasan, had placed bets on IPL matches and shared confidential information. However, the report says further investigation is required over Meiyappan's alleged involvement in spot-fixing in IPL.

The report also says that more investigation is necessary against Rajasthan Royals owner Raj Kundra and Shilpa Shetty who is also facing charges of betting and match-fixing. The committee submitted its report earlier on Monday. The Supreme Court will examine the panel's report on March 7 but IPL auctions scheduled for February 12 will continue.

While maintaining that further investigation is needed on allegation of betting and spot fixing against Raj Kundra, the report said "in so far as role of Kundra is concerned, the fact that he resorted to betting through Umesh Goenka in the IPL matches is evident from the statement of Mr Umesh Goenka under section 164 of CrPC recorded by the Delhi court."

The report was compiled after recording statements of players, journalists and officials associated with IPL. The details of the report are expected to have a huge impact on the future of CSK and RR. If the team owners of the two franchises are found guilty, they have to be scrapped as per IPL Governing Council's constitution.

The Mudgal committee spent four months travelling through the country, interacting with players, journalists, team owners, police, anti-corruption unit personnel and various other stakeholders. "We spoke to a wide array of personalities in society," Justice Mudgal told media.

"Including top cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, Sourav Ganguly and others. We have recorded every bit of information that we have received." Report says former Indian stars - Tendulkar, Dravid, Ganguly, Laxman, Venkatesh Prasad, Kumble -- should advise youngsters about the malaise of fixing.

The probe - as part of its investigations - has scrutinized the role of Meiyappan. While CSK has maintained that Meiyappan was never the team principal, his deep association with the team has been well known. Reports clearly mentions that, Meiyappan was the face of Chennai Super Kings rejecting N Srinivasan's contention that he was merely a cricket enthusiast.

The committee also gave a ten-point suggestion for making cricket a "cleaner" game and eliminate evil of spot and match fixing.

The committee also gave the names of people who figured during the probe in a sealed envelope to apex court.

The apex court had in August last year heard the petition filed by Aditya Verma, Secretary, CAB, challenging the high court's order refusing to appoint a fresh committee to probe the scam.

CAB had pleaded that when the high court declared the panel of two judges as unconstitutional, it should have appointed a fresh committee to look into the issue.

It remains to be seen whether the findings of the report is likely to influence the IPL auction in Bangalore on February 12 and 13.


- Gaurunath Meiyappan, the son in law of the BCCI president N Srinivasan has been indicted. He has been proved to have participated in betting and passing on information related to IPL matches.

- The 170 page report submitted to the SC states that the material records clearly indicate that Gurunath Meiyappan was the face of Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

- It also indicts actor Shilpa Shetty's husband Raj Kundra. Raj Kundra owns Rajasthan Royals IPL team. Reports say that Kundra indulged in betting through Umesh Goenka. Reports cites a statement of Umesh Goenka recorded by a Dellhi court. It has recommended further and serious investigation into the scam.

- The report also states that the role of Gurunath Meiyappan was not properly investigated by the anti-corruption units of the ICC, the BCCI and the Chennai Police.

- The report states that Gurunath has violated several rules of the IPL and code of conduct.

- The Mudgal panel has also given a single copy of a sealed envelope whose contents are available only for the Supreme Court. It will be opened only by the judges, not even the registry of the SC will be given a copy.

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