India Cements, the owners of Chennai Super Kings, failed to ensure that the team’s official Gurunath Meiyappan adhered to the rules and regulations of the Indian Premier League, according to a Supreme Court appointed Justice Mudgal IPL Probe Committee.
Meiyappan, son-in-law of BCCI President N Srinivasan, was indicted for betting by the panel. The committee said that Meiyappan brought “disrepute” to the game and the stand taken by the franchisee with regard to his role in Chennai Super Kings appears to be contradicting the factual position of the matter.
The stand taken by the franchisee that Meiyappan was not related in any way with the franchisee appears to be contradicting the factual position, the committee’s report concluded.
“The role of Gurunath Meiyappan in Chennai Super Kings (CSK) as the team official stands proved and the allegations of betting and passing of information against Meiyappan stand proved,” said the report.
“The committee is of the view that the material on record clearly indicates that Meiyappan was the face of CSK and the team official of CSK,” the report said, while rejecting Srinivasan’s contention that he was merely a cricket enthusiast.
The report also observed the “said illegal acts” further “stand accentuated” in light of Meiyappan’s position in CSK.
The committee also said the issue whether Meiyappan was involved in match fixing and spot-fixing has not been probed thoroughly by the ICC’s anti-corruption and security unit and BCCI’s anti-corruption unit or the crime branch of Chennai Police even though some information was available for such an investigation to be conducted.
“The Mumbai Police has provided some information on the alleged involvement of Gurunath Meiyappan in match fixing, however, a conclusive inference cannot be drawn from their investigation,” it said.
With regard to the allegations of passing insider information by Meiyappan, the Mumbai Police highlighted incidents before the match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
On May 12, 2013, before the match, there was a call between Meiyappan and Vindoo Dara Singh. On the same day before the start of the match between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals actor Vindoo Dara Singh informed one Ssanjay Jaipur that CSK was Meiyappan’s favourite. Fifty-eight minutes before the start of the match, Meiyappan revealed to Vindoo Dara Singh that Chennai Super Kings would make about 130-140 runs. CSK made 141.
An hour and nine minutes into the match, Meiyappan told Vindoo Dara Singh that Rajasthan Royals was ‘winning pucca’.
BCCI goesinto huddle
Express News Service
Bangalore, February 10
Late on Monday night, the BCCI went into a huddle to discuss the implication of the Justice Mukul Mudgal committee probe report. While most members, gathered here for the IPL auction, conceded that the BCCI president and Chennai Super Kings owner N Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan’s fate was sealed, they hoped that there was no further damage to the IPL’s image. It was also learnt that the IPL’s governing council is expected to meet on Wednesday and prepare BCCI’s reply to the probe panel’s findings.
A top BCCI said that as for now they were adopting a wait and watch approach. “As far as Meiyappan and CSK are concerned, things will depend on court verdict. The probe committee expedited its proceedings on court order and now the honourable Supreme Court will go through the findings and will give its verdict. Also, a criminal case is going on against Meiyappan in the Bombay High Court. That has to be decided as well,” he added.
When asked what impact the probe findings will have on Srinivasan, the official said, “He himself has done nothing wrong and quitting from the franchise will be an admission of the guilt.”
Meanwhile, the IPL auction will go ahead as scheduled. “The good that Supreme Court has done is that the IPL auction was not stopped. It will happen as planned for all the teams in Bangalore (on February 12 and 13),” said BCCI Vice-President Rajeev Shukla. He said it is important to wait for the Supreme Court’s directive on the issue before taking any decision. “Supreme Court is an apex court and it will give some views and we should wait for Supreme Court’s views,” he said. “We should leave it to Supreme Court what decisions they take. IPL auction will continue, we need to wait for Supreme Court directive.