The fate of Gurunath Meiyappan (left), the son-in-law of N Srinivasan would be decided today © IANS
The fate of Gurunath Meiyappan (left), the son-in-law of N Srinivasan would be decided today © IANS

Nov 14, 2014

The hearing on the controversial spot-fixing and betting scandal that surfaced in the Indian Premier League (IPL) will take place in the Supreme Court of India on Friday.

2.30 PM: N Srinivasan, IPL COO Sundar Raman, Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra’s names have appeared so far today. They have been ‘pr0bed for corruption’, say reports.

2.47 PM: Supreme Court has asked the BCCI to put an hold on its elections, while it has also shared the Mudgal Committee reports with the lawyers of Raj Kundra and Gurunath Meiyappan.

2.50 PM: The next hearing on the matter would be on November 24, 2014.

3.00 PM: The apex court of India has asked the BCCI, ICC chief and former BCCI president N Srinivasan and the remaining non-cricketers to file their objections within next four days. The court has also asked the report to be provided to BCCI and N Srinivasan.

3.05 PM: Justice Mukul Mudgal tells ANI that he was not under any kind of pressure.

3.05 PM: The Supreme Court was not sure of the identities of cricketers, and it is being reported that it was a mistake. 

3.10 PM: “The court has made it clear that the named parties will have to be there on november 24. There were three cricketers named today, six more will be revealed. It is a shame for the BCCI that its name has been dragged into all these things. How will you make them understand? The apex court of India has understood what is going wrong, but Srinivasan is not taking it as a moral responsibility. These are big names, some Indian, and when we will get the reports and what court says on November 24, we will have to see. There are players from South India, who have played for Chennai Super Kings. Among them is a foreigner as well,” says petitioner Aditya Verma.

3.15 PM: Justice Mudgal to Times Now: “The court is doing something and it is well thought out. I cannot comment on the findings, the court will do what is right. Supreme Court’s order could not and should not be questioned by anyone. The committee has done to its best of ability, we should have faith in our judicial process.”

3.17 PM: Aditya Verma to Times Now: “Few people have been summoned for appearance on November 24. The biggest thing is that in this entire episode, we have been saying since the beginning, that there is conflict of interest as far as N Srinivasan is concerned and also who ever is associated with him. BCCI and its state associations have been forced to turn blind eye, they  say nothing. Despite having so many things going wrong against them, the BCCI is still requesting the court to postpone hearing. It’s a shame for everyone.”

“The only person responsible for this mess is N Srinivasan. His actions are causing harm to many people, even the ones who are aspiring cricketers. I appeal to everone that one should not bow down to someone, especially the one who is criticised by the Supreme Court. The next generation should stay safe from this mess.”

 

According to a report in Times Now, the panel disclosed that Gurunath Meiyappan was a team official of Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Apart from Meiyappan, Raj Kundra was revealed to be one of the names in the report. Of the 13 names, two have been revealed but the names of some “big players” who were rumoured to be included have yet to be revealed. The third name was revealed to be that of N Srinivasan.

According to Aditya Verma, N Srinivasan has not been granted leave by the Supreme Court to attend in the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on November 20. Additionally no one can be called gulity or innocent till the final verdict has been made. The media cannot give a clean chit to anyone since even the judges have not yet come to a decision.

The case could decide the fate of some of the biggest names in Indian cricket. According to AFP, The former Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) boss, N Srinivasan’s fate will be decided along with that of his son-in law Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra who co-owned Rajasthan Royals.

According to television reports, two international players’ role could be examined based on police probe, while two IPL teams — Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals — could face possible termination. Last week, Justice (retd) Mudgal submitted the final report in a sealed cover to the Supreme Court, adding that the information was final and based on the findings by the investigating team.