New Delhi, Nov 14: The Supreme Court on Friday resumed the hearing in spot-fixing case of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and disclosed seven names that were probed by the Justice Mudgal Committee.
According to reports, the big names included that of ICC boss N Srinivasan, his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, and Rajasthan Royals’ co-owner Raj Kundra.
Meiyappan had already been indicted following an incident where a Forensic Science Laboratory in Mumbai confirmed his voice samples in a tapped conversation with another accomplice Vindoo Dara Singh.
Initially, the names of three active players were inadvertently mentioned but the apex court decided to strike off their names considering the sensitivity of the issue and the possible far reaching implication on their career.
The court has reportedly further adjourned the hearing till November 24, directing all four people to be physically present in the court on the next hearing.
It may be noted that the BCCI elections, which scheduled for November 20, have also been put on hold.
On November 10, the apex court had asked for more time to read the Mudgal-led committee report probing the IPL spot-fixing case.
The court had told both sides it needed more time to read, asking all the parties whether the content of the report should be made public.
The petitioner, Aditya Verma, had reportedly called for the report to be made public in the interest of the sport.
BCCI reportedly came up with a plea that since elections are coming up and there is a AGM meet on November 20, N Srinivasan should be allowed to participate if he is not found guilty.
The court, however, refused to give Srinivasan the permission to contest in elections.
In the final report submitted by the Mudgal committee on November 3, big names like ICC Chairman N Srinivasan and India captain MS Dhoni were believed to be under the scanner for their conflict of interest.
The panel reportedly also named a key member of India’s World Cup-winning team besides touching upon his links with illegal bookmakers and match fixers.
The panel headed by former judge Mukul Mudgal that includes former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly, had in February presented a sealed envelope to the court containing names of 13 individuals which were to be probed further.
The court had revealed that Srinivasan was one of the names on the list and ordered the panel to investigate him and 12 others.
The panel`s preliminary report had concluded that Meiyappan could be guilty of illegal betting on IPL games. CSK are owned by India Cements, whose managing director is Srinivasan. The team is captained by MS Dhoni.
(With Agency Inputs)