Mudgal report contradicts MS Dhoni’s stand on Gurunath Meiyappan

MS Dhoni with Meiyappan

New Delhi, Nov 19: The Justice Mudgal probe committee report on IPL scam is contradicting with Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s stand that Gurunath Meiyappan was a “mere cricket enthusiast” supporting Chennai Super Kings .

The report, which was partly made public on Monday, has revealed that investigations have confirmed that Meiyappan, the son-in-law of BCCI President-in-exile N Srinivasan, was a team official of a franchisee (Chennai Super Kings).

However, Dhoni, who had appeared before the probe committee, had reportedly said that Meiyappan was a mere cricket lover and not an official of CSK .

In the first probe report submitted to the Supreme Court, the Mudgal committee reportedly said “Representatives of India Cements, who appeared before the committee, contended that Mr Meiyappan had no share holding in India Cements and hence cannot be considered as an owner of CSK.”

“Further, Mr MS Dhoni, Mr N Srinivasan, and officials of India Cements took the stand that Mr Meiyappan, had nothing to do with the cricketing affairs of Chennai Super Kings and was a mere cricket enthusiast supporting CSK,” the report stated.

The committee in its final report said that Meiyappan was “frequently meeting Individual 2 in his hotel room. This strengthens the conclusion of the committee that Individual 1 (Meiyappan) was in close touch with Individual 2.”

“Thus the committee is of the view that due to the scientific evidence of voice-matching and testimony of the security personnel, recorded by the investigating team, the finding about the betting activities of Individual 1 and that he was a team official stand confirmed,” the committee reportedly said in its findings.

(With Agency Reports)

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