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Why Srinivasan was cleared, and Meiyappan, Kundra indicted

Last updated on: November 17, 2014 20:15 IST

Narayanaswami Srinivasan. Photograph: BCCI

The Justice Mudgal Committee report says:

N Srinivasan ‘not involved with match-fixing activity, not found to be involved in scuttling the investigations into match-fixing’.
Sundar Raman ‘accepted that he had received information about individual 1 (Meiyappan) and individual 11 (Kundra) taking part in betting activities’.
Raj Kundra ‘was in touch with bookies about betting and thus by not reporting contact with the bookie violated the BCCI/IPL Anti-Corruption Code’.
Gurunath Meiyappan  ‘Findings about his betting activities and that he was a team official stand confirmed.'
Narayanaswami Srinivasan was on Monday cleared of match-fixing and scuttling the probe into it that followed the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League, but the findings of the Justice Mudgal Committee have left Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals exposed, as their respective officials, Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra, were indicted of illegal betting.

The three-member Committee, in its report to the Supreme Court, however, indicted Srinivasan, the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s president-in-exile and chairman of the International Cricket Council, for not taking action against an unnamed player for violating the Players’ Code of Conduct despite being aware of it.

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The report, supplied to different parties in the case, only revealed the names of Meiyappan, Kundra,  IPL CEO Sundar Raman and Srinivasan. Those of other persons, including cricketers, were not disclosed as the per the apex court order.

It confirmed Meiyappan was a team official (team principal) of Chennai Super Kings while Rajasthan Royals’ owner Kundra's "infractions violated the BCCI/IPL Anti Corruption Code".

As such, the two franchises could be in trouble as a provision in the IPL Code of Conduct says a team can be scrapped if any team official is found guilty of "bringing the game into disrepute" by betting or match-fixing.

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 Meiyappan, Srinivasan's son-in-law, was involved in betting but not match-fixing.

Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra. Photograph: BCCI

It also questioned why the Rajasthan Police abruptly ended an investigation on Kundra for his betting activities after the case was transferred from the Delhi Police.

Further, the Committee found that Raman knew about the contact of a bookie and was in touch him eight times in one season. "This individual (Sundar Raman) admitted knowing the contact of the bookies, but, however, claimed to be unaware of his 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-ACSU chief that this was not actionable information. This individual also accepted that this information was not conveyed to any other individual," the committee reported.

On Srinivasan, it said: "This individual is not involved with match-fixing activity. This individual was not found to be involved in scuttling the investigations into match-fixing.

"This individual (Srinivasan) along with four other BCCI officials was aware of the violation of the Players Code of Conduct by individual 3, but no action was taken against individual 3 by any of the aforesaid officials who were aware of this infraction," the report, which was released to the parties on Monday, added.

On Meiyappan: "No material is available on record to show that this individual is involved in match-fixing.

"Thus, the Committee is of the view that due to the scientific evidence of voice matching and the testimony of security personnel recorded by the investigating team, the finding about the betting activities of individual 1 (Meiyappan) and the finding that he was a team official stand confirmed."

The report went on to add that the probe confirmed that Meiyappan was a team official of a franchisee and was in close touch with individual 2 with whom he had frequently meetings in his hotel room.

The next Supreme Court hearing is on November 24.

Indian cricket hit a new low last year after former India pacer Shantakumaran Sreesanth and his two other Rajasthan Royals colleagues -- Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila -- were found guilty of spot-fixing in IPL 6.

The Supreme Court had appointed a three-member probe panel, led by retired judge Justice Mukul Mudgal, to investigate the betting and spot-fixing saga. The apex court-appointed panel replaced the BCCI's own two-man probe panel, which had exonerated Meiyappan of any wrongdoing following which its verdict was challenged in the courts.

The BCCI disciplinary committee banned Sreesanth and Chavan for life, while another Rajasthan player Siddharth Trivedi was barred for 12 months and his team mate Amit Singh for five years.

Chandila is the only one who has not received a sanction yet as he was the last of the players to get bail in the IPL spot-fixing case.

Rediff Sportsdesk