N Srinivasan has been accused of 'conflict of interest', due to him being a top BCCI official as well as owning an IPL club © Getty Images
N Srinivasan has been accused of ‘conflict of interest’, due to him being a top BCCI official as well as owning an IPL club © Getty Images

Jan 22, 2015

The Indian Premier League Spot-Fixing Case that had put the cricketing sphere in a state of shock in 2013 will arrive at its final verdict, which is to be handed out by the Supreme Court of India. The verdict could come as major blow for International Cricket Council (ICC) Chairman and former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President N Srinivasan, as well as for Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

The proceedings of the case, the investigation of which was carried out by the Mudgal Committee, had reached the conclusion of its investigation and submitted its final report in the form of a sealed envelope to the apex court on November 3. While Srinivasan’s name was made public by the Supreme Court as a part of that list, the remaining names were kept hidden from public knowledge.

The Supreme Court has asked for the disqualification of CSK from the IPL, a move which could change the dynamics of Indian cricket. It has also charged Srinivasan for conflict-of-interest, due to the fact that he was an indirect owner of CSK as well as occupied a top-level position in the BCCI.

The case began during the sixth edition of the IPL when Rajasthan Royals players S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila were arrested on charges of spot-fixing during a match. The Sreesanth and Chavan were later handed life bans for their activities, while the others were given lesser punishments.

According to ANI, it is expected that the fate of suspended Board of Control for Cricket in India president N. Srinivasan and his IPL team Chennai Super Kings will be determined on Thursday. Srinivasan, who is seeking a third term as BCCI president, is facing serious charges of conflict of interest as a cricket administrator.

His son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan is in the eye of the storm for betting. On December 17, when the Supreme Court broke for the winter break, the Special Bench comprising Justice T.S. Thakur and F.M. Kalifullah reserved its order on the corruption case after listening to final round of arguments.

The case dates back to June 2013 when Aditya Verma, secretary of the Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB), raised charges of a conflict of interest in the BCCI’s original two-member inquiry panel for the IPL corruption issue. A Bombay High Court ruling later termed the probe panel “illegal”.

The BCCI and the CAB filed petitions in the Supreme Court against this order, with the CAB contending that the Bombay High Court could have suggested a fresh mechanism to look into the corruption allegations.

The Supreme Court then appointed a three-member committee, headed by former Punjab and Haryana High Court judge Mukul Mudgal and comprising of additional solicitor general L Nageswara Rao and Nilay Dutta to conduct an independent inquiry into the allegations of corruption against Meiyappan, India Cements, and Rajasthan Royals team owner Raj Kundra, as well as with the larger mandate of allegations around betting and spot-fixing in IPL matches and the involvement of players.

The panel indicted Meiyappan and Kundra for betting and sharing team information. Srinivasan and IPL Chief Operating Officer (COO) Sundar Raman were also charged with “misdemeanor” that included cover-up reports of betting involving team owners and their acquaintances. The probe finally narrowed down to 13 names, one of which was BCCI boss Srinivasan, who was suspended from running Board affairs. The Supreme Court has so far been critical of Srinivasan and the way he ran cricket in India with multiple interest in mind.