Mudgal report clears Srinivasan, indicts Meiyappan and Raj Kundra for illegal betting

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New Delhi, Nov 17: The Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing case took a curious turn on Monday, as the Justice Mukul Mudgal committee gave a clean chit to N Srinivasan and told the Supreme Court that the ICC boss was not found to be involved in match-fixing scam.

The report, however, said that Srinivasan’s son-in-law  Meiyappan was indeed an official of the the Chennai Super Kings, and that there was evidence that he was involved in illegal betting, but not in match fixing.

According to reports, Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra was also found to be in touch with bookies and taking bets in violation of the BCCI’s anti-corruption code.

The panel reportedly said the Rajasthan police abruptly and without reason stopped probe against Raj Kundra after getting papers from Delhi police.

The apex court appointed panel has cleared BCCI’s president-in-exile N Srinivasan on charges of  match fixing and trying to scuttle the probe against him.

The panel also told the SC that Srinivasan, along with  four other BCCI officials, “was aware of violation of players code of conduct by individual 3 (a player whose name is not disclosed) but no action was taken againt individual 3 by any of the foresaid officials who were aware of this interaction.”

IPL chief operating officer Sundar Raman is also in the dock, and the panel said that he knew the contact of a bookie, and had contacted him 8 times in one season.

The report said: “This individual admitted knowing the contact of the bookies but however claimed to be unaware of the connection with betting activities. This individual also accepted that he had received information about Individual 1(Meiyappan) and Individual 11 (Kundra) taking part in betting activities but was informed by the ICC anti-corruption chief that this was not actionable information. This individual also accepted that this information was not conveyed to any other individual.”

Meanwhile, speaking to a news channel, BCCI’s acting President Shivlal Yadav said that action would be taken against all those who are found guilty.

Earlier on November 14, the Supreme Court had disclosed seven names that were probed by the Justice Mudgal Committee.

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.

The hearing has been further adjourned till November 24, and the court has asked all the four persons to be physically present on the next hearing.

(With Agency Inputs)

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