IPL spot-fixing: Panel indicts Gurunath Meiyappan

BCCI chief N Srinivasan’s son-in-law and former Chennai Super Kings team principal Gurunath Meiyappan was on Monday indicted on charges of betting by the Justice Mukul Mudgal committee.

The committee, formed by the Supreme Court to inquire into spot-fixing and illegal betting in the Indian Premier League last year, had submitted its report earlier on Monday.

The report states that the conflict of interest on Srinivasan holding post of BCCI chief and ownership of an IPL franchisee is a serious issue and needs to be considered by court.

The report also states that allegations of betting and spot-fixing against other IPL franchise co-owners, Rajasthan Royals’s Raj Kundra and Shilpa Shetty, needed to be further investigated.

According to Times Now, BCCI and India Cements have been asked to provide a reply on the matter as the Mudgal committee report states that Meiyappan was the face of Chennai Super Kings.

This clearly means that Srinivasan’s claim earlier that Meiyappan was just a ‘cricket enthusiast’ has been rejected by the probe panel.

The Mudgal committee was formed last year after the Bihar association filed a petition against the verdict of the two-member inquiry committee – comprising former judges of the Madras high Court, Justice T Jayarama Chouta and Justice R Balasubramanian – formed by BCCI.

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 said.

“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.”

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