IPL betting: Mudgal panel clears Srinivasan of wrongdoing

Wednesday 17th December 2014 09:31 EST

The Mudgal committee in its final report to the Supreme Court of India said it did not find any evidence to link BCCI president N Srinivasan to his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan’s betting activities during the Indian Premier League T20 tournament in 2013. The report, submitted to a bench headed by Justice T S Thakur, will be taken up for hearing on November 10 and marks the culmination of the extensive inquiry process set in motion by the Supreme Court in October last year. Even as the Justice Mukul Mudgal committee held Meiyappan guilty of betting, it failed to find enough evidence of his involvement in the far more serious offence of spot fixing. Evidence of his involvement in fixing would have put not just him but Srinivasan and the players of M S Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings in serious legal trouble. The Mudgal committee had first submitted its report in February, finding Meiyappan guilty of betting and rejecting the claim of Chennai Super Kings that he was not a team official. With regard to Srinivasan and some eminent cricketers, it said allegations against them were unverified and needed to be probed. The court, while asking the Mudgal panel to probe the charges, had forced Srinivasan to keep off the affairs of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) till the probe was over. The committee is learnt to have said in its final report that there was no clinching evidence to link Meiyappan's betting activities to his father-in-law. Although the panel said some nagging issues about Srinivasan's conduct remain unresolved, its report vindicates his stand that he had nothing to do with Meiyappan's work, and will allow him to renew his request to the apex court to let him get back to the top post in BCCI.

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