Srinivasan cleared in IPL scam but Meiyappan, Kundra indicted
New Delhi: In findings that could leave IPL teams Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals vulnerable, the Justice Mudgal Committee has indicted their officials Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra of betting and confirmed their role in their teams but cleared N Srinivasan of match fixing and scuttling the probe.
The three-member Committee, in its report to the Supreme Court, however, indicted the BCCI President-in-exile for not taking action against a cricketer, who it did not name, for violating Players Code of Conduct despite being aware of it.
It confirmed Meiyappan was a team official (team principal) of CSK while RR’s owner Kundra’s “infractions violated BCCI/IPL Anti Corruption Code”.
A provision in the IPL code of conduct says that any team official found guilty of “bringing the game into disrepute” by betting or match-fixing, their team could be scrapped.
The Committee, headed by retired High Court Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal with Additional Solicitor General L Nageshwar Rao and senior advocate Nilay Dutta as members, held that Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan was involved in betting but not in match fixing.
It also questioned why Rajasthan police stopped probe abruptly on Kundra for his betting activities after the case was transferred from Delhi police.