Gurunath Meiyappan's (left) involvement in IPL betting has put serious doubt over Chennai Super Kings' future © AFP
Gurunath Meiyappan’s (left) involvement in IPL betting has put serious doubt over Chennai Super Kings’ future © AFP

 

Feb 10, 2014

 

Justice Mukul Mudgal’s report on the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 spot-fixing and betting controversy could put Chennai Super Kings‘ future in jeopardy. The report proved Gurunath Meiyappan’s involvement in betting in the IPL.

 

According to Clause 11.3 (c) of the Franchise Agreement, a franchise can be terminated with immediate effect if: the Franchisee, any Franchisee Group Company and/or any Owner acts in any way which has a material adverse effect upon the reputation or standing of the League, BCCI-IPL, BCCI, the Franchisee, the Team (or any other team in the League) and/or the game of cricket.

 

Reports of Meiyappan being Team Principal of Chennai were quashed by father-in-law and Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI’s) chief N Srinivasan last year.

 

The Mudgal report said that Meiyappan was the face of the Chennai franchise and rejected Srinivasan’s claims that he was merely a cricket enthusiast.

 

Betting is a serious offence in India and it has been listed as an offence under the BCCI and the IPL’s anti-corruption. The important clauses in that regard read as follows, (source: http://www.iplt20.com/about/2013/anti-corruption-policy/81/offences-under-the-anti-corruption-code)

 

“2.2.1 Placing, accepting, laying or otherwise entering into any Bet with any other party (whether individual, company or otherwise) in relation to the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of any Match or Event.

 

“2.2.2 Soliciting, inducing, enticing, instructing, persuading, encouraging, facilitating or authorising any other party to enter into a Bet for the direct or indirect benefit of the Participant in relation to the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of any Match or Event.

 

“2.2.3 Ensuring the occurrence of a particular incident in a Match or Event, which occurrence is to the Participant’s knowledge the subject of a Bet and for which he/she expects to receive or has received any Reward.

 

“2.3 Misuse of Inside Information.

 

“2.3.1 Using, for Betting purposes, any Inside Information.”

 

Even Rajasthan Royals’ future could come under doubt as allegations of betting and spot-fixing against owner Raj Kundra need to be further investigated, said the report submitted to Supreme Court.