Gurunath Meiyappan © IANS
No evidence of match-fixing was found against Gurunath Meiyappan © IANS

A part of the Justice Mudgal panel’s report on the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 spot-fixing and betting scandal to the Supreme Court (SC) was made public on November 17, 2014. Abhijit Banare summarises the key points that emerged from the report.

1) N Srinivasan on the verge of being given clean chit

There were two big takeaways for the former Board of Control for Cricket India (BCCI) chief N Srinivasan. The Mudgal panel told Supreme Court in its report that Srinivasan was not involved in match-fixing activities and was not scuttling the investigation in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 betting and spot-fixing probe.

While the media report claim this as a clean chit, it would not necessarily convert in to an immediate comeback in the BCCI fold.

2) N Srinivasan and four BCCI officials aware about violation of Players Code of Conduct

A lot more on this could be possibly revealed on the November 24, 2014 when the Supreme Court has asked the four non-cricketing individuals — N Srinivasan, Raj Kundra, Gurunath Meiyappan and Sundar Raman — to appear before the apex court. The 30-page report states that Srinivasan and four other BCCI officials were aware that ‘Individual Three’ had violated the IPL Players Code of Conduct but took no action about it.

This is one developing story where a lot more will be known on November 24 which requires Srinivasan and three others to be present at the apex court.

3) Meiyappan was involved in betting but no evidence about fixing

Considering the evidence available it took a fairly long time but the panel has clearly confirmed that Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan was a Team Principal of Chennai Super Kings (CSK). The panel also confirmed that Meiyappan was indeed involved in betting. However, the panel clarified that there is no evidence that Meiyappan was involved in match-fixing.

Gurunath Meiyappan's Twitter bio before and after the spot-fixing also betting scandal broke out.
Gurunath Meiyappan’s Twitter bio before and after the spot-fixing also betting scandal broke out.

Meiyappan’s involvement as Team principal with CSK first came out after he changed the bio of his Twitter handle and removed Team Principal from it. He was part of the team dugout which the owners and co-onwers are entitled to. His identity card for ground access had Team owner mentioned on it.

4) Raj Kundra’s severe indictment in betting  

The Mudgal panel states that Raj Kundra was in contact with bookies and he himself placed bets on matches. This is a severe indictment of the Rajasthan Royals co-owner. Kundra is one of the four individuals named in the list of 13 submitted by the Mudgal panel and has been called to the apex court on November 24.

5) Sundar Raman in touch with a bookie eight times

This was a key development and not much had been known on this front till today. The Mudgal panel states that IPL COO Sundar Raman was in touch with a bookie eight times in one season. It would be interesting to see how the board acts upon this development. Not to forget that, there was an argument in May 2014 that Raman was an employee of India Cements. If any development happens in this regard, along with Raman, it would increase the pressure on Srinivasan as well who is the Managing Director of India Cements.

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(Abhijit Banare is a reporter at CricketCountry. He is an avid quizzer and loves to analyse and dig out interesting facts which allows him to learn something new every day. Apart from cricket he also likes to keep a sharp eye on Indian politics, and can be followed on @AbhijitVirgo)