Gurunath Meiyappan was involved in IPL 2013 spot-fixing controversy © PTI
Mumbai: Feb 10, 2014
In a sensational claim, two former presidents of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) told Justice Mudgal-led committee that matches in the Indian Premier League (IPL) were fixed and the matter required a thorough investigation.
The committee’s report, submitted today to the Supreme Court, said this was also the general perception of many people who deposed before the SC-constituted panel.
“The Committee would like to state there is a general perception amongst many persons who deposed before the panel that matches involving Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and other IPL teams were fixed and required through investigation.
“The said observations were in fact made by two former Presidents of BCCI. However, since it is impossible for this committee to make a roving enquiry into all matches, the committee is of the view that the said issue has to be taken up by concerned investigating agencies, if any specific allegation/leads are made available to them,” according to page 49 of the report.
Four ex-chiefs of BCCI — AC Muthiah, IS Bindra, Jagmohan Dalmiya and Shashank Manohar — had deposed before the three-member committee, formed late last year to probe charges of betting and spot-fixing in IPL, among other issues.
The report does not identify which two from this quartet made the sensational claim about matches being fixed in the lucrative league.
Retired cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble and Sourav Ganguly — who have played in the T20 league in the past — were among several persons who had appeared before the panel, along with current Team India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
In another revelation, the report said sacked IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi was instrumental in current BCCI chief N Srinivasan making a bid for an IPL team (CSK) when he was an office-bearer in the Board then headed by Sharad Pawar.
Modi and Srinivasan, the friends-turned-foes, had been at loggerheads over various issues, the current one being on the Rajasthan Cricket Association elections.
The report said it was brought to the notice of the committee that there was an amendment to Rule 6.4.2 (of BCCI’s memorandum of rules and regulations related to IPL)), which enabled BCCI officials to own IPL teams.
According to the panel, former IPL Chairman and ex-BCCI Vice-President Chirayu Amin, expressed surprise on the change of Rule 6.4.2 and stated as far as he could recall there was no discussion on the amendment of the original rule.
However, on the condition of anonymity, another former cricket functionary told the committee that the decision to amend the rule of allowing the BCCI administrators to own teams was taken during the presidency of Sharad Pawar.
“This was done at the behest of Mr Lalit Modi who was not being able to get franchises,” said the report.
Bindra informed the Mudgal panel that the resolution, that allowed the amendment of BCCI regulations allowing BCCI administrators to own teams, was actually done in a meeting where a committee under Manohar and (Niranjan) Shah was constituted to look into issues of anti-racism.
Bindra told the panel “the minutes of the AGM allowing the administrators to own teams was backdated whilst granting power to this committee to look into amendment of the BCCI regulations.”