IPL spot-fixing: CSK and Gurunath Meiyappan may face wrath of Mudgal committee

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first_imgIt was on February 10 that the Mudgal committee -comprising Justice Mukul Mudgal, N. Nageswara Rao and Nilay Dutta -opened a Pandora’s Box by stating that former Chennai Super Kings team principal Gurunath Meiyappan’s involvement in betting during Indian Premier League matches was proved.And if sources close to the panel are to be believed, both Meiyappan and two-time Indian Premier League champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are in deep trouble. CSK could even be barred from competing in the next edition of the cash-rich league. It is believed that the sealed envelope that the committee submitted to the SC on Friday not only has complete details on the progress made so far, but also contains charges levied against Meiyappan and CSK.”After May 16, the panel has more powers and they could get deeply involved and carry out further inquiry, something that wasn’t possible in the earlier investigation. And they have worked overtime to get to the bottom of the whole mess. Meiyappan and CSK are definitely in trouble. The panel has mentioned the former’s wrongdoings in its report,” a source close to the panel told Mail Today.After being appointed for the first time on October 7, Mudgal had sounded a warning bell. He had said that the BCCI wouldn’t have been too keen on having him in charge of the investigation. And that was once again the case when the SC asked Mudgal and his new panel – consisting of Mudgal, Rao, Dutta, former IPS officer B.B. Mishra and Sourav Ganguly – to investigate the contents of the sealed envelope submitted by them after primary investigation. BCCI cried foul saying that the panel would be biased, but the apex court didn’t budge.advertisementSo if Mudgal stands by his word of the probe not being ‘eyewash’, the signs aren’t too auspicious for CSK and its former team principal.Panel files interim reportThe Justice Mukul Mudgal committee, conducting the probe into the IPL betting and spot-fixing scandal, on Friday filed its interim report in a sealed cover before the Supreme Court.The apex court is likely to go through the report on September 1 when the committee is also expected to plead for more time to complete the probe.The court had on May 16 given the task to conduct a probe against sidelined BCCI president N. Srinivasan and 12 other names in a sealed envelope that the Justice Mudgal panel had submitted, and asked it to file its report by the end of August.It had rejected BCCI’s proposal to conduct the probe through its own panel. The Mudgal committee had earlier investigated the scandal and submitted a report in which names of Srinivasan and 12 other cricket figures were mentioned.”We are of the considered opinion that the allegations against the 13 persons, including N Srinivasan, mentioned in the report submitted in the sealed cover should be investigated into by the Justice Mudgal Committee and the team of investigators because if a new probe committee is entrusted to inquire into the allegations, there is likelihood of the allegations being leaked to the public and` media and such leakage will damage the reputation of the 13 persons beyond repair,” the Bench had said.Besides Justice Mudgal, the panel has additional solicitor general L. Nageshwar Rao and advocate Nilay Dutta as members. A group of investigators headed by senior IPS officer B.B. Mishra assisted the Mudgal committee, which was given the power to probe, search and seize relevant documents and record evidence.- Mail Today BureauCricket Association of Bihar secretary Aditya Verma, also a petitioner in the case, has said every effort by BCCI’s sidelined president N. Srinivasan to delay the Board’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), expected to be held by September 30, will be thwarted.”It is very obvious that Srinivasan and a few members from his camp are trying their best to delay the AGM this year. But trust me, I will not let that happen. In the last 86 years, never have we seen the AGM being postponed and it shouldn’t happen this time,” Verma told Mail Today.He further said that he was waiting for his earlier application to be heard by the court in which he has questioned the decision of BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel and acting president Shivlal Yadav to propose Srinivasan’s name for the ICC chairman’s post.”They didn’t even bother to call a Special General Meeting before taking the call, and that was a clear violation of rules. I want the court to look into the matter,” Verma said.advertisement- By Baidurjo Bhoselast_img

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