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Justice Mudgal submits final IPL probe report to Supreme Court

Updated: Monday, November 3, 2014, 13:16 [IST]
 
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Panel submits final IPL probe report

New Delhi, Nov 3: The Supreme Court appointed Justice Mukul Mudgal committee Monday submitted its final report of its investigation into the allegations of betting and spot-fixing in the 2013 edition of Indian Premier League (IPL).

The committee, which investigated the allegations against sidelined BCCI chief N Srinivasan, who is still the International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman, and 12 others submitted the report in a sealed cover.

An apex court bench headed by Justice TS Thakur, before which senior counsel Raju Ramachandran submitted the report Monday, said that it will be taken up for hearing as scheduled November 10.

In the course of the last hearing , the court gave the Justice Mudgal committee another two months time to complete its probe.

Delhi Police were the first to bust the scandal after they arrested three Rajasthan Royals cricketers - S. Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan - in a midnight raid in Mumbai.

Mumbai police also unearthed betting links after they arrested Gurunath Meiyappan, son-in-law of Srinivasan, and Bollywood actor Vindu Dara Singh.

In October last year, the Supreme Court appointed a three-member committee, headed by former High Court judge Mukul Mudgal and comprising additional solicitor general L. Nageswara Rao and senior advocate Nilay Dutta.

The court told the panel to conduct an independent inquiry into the allegations of corruption against Meiyappan, India Cements, and Rajasthan Royals team owner owner Raj Kundra and also asked them to look into the involvement of players.

In March, the Supreme Court suspended Srinivasan as BCCI president following two reports submitted by Mudgal Committee and a sealed envelope containing 13 names in February.

The court in its interim order stated that Srinivasan be replaced by former cricketers Sunil Gavaskar and Shivlal Yadav.

Gavaskar was given charge of IPL affairs while former Test spinner Shivlal Yadav was entrusted with non-IPL issues.

The Supreme Court, in May, gave the Mudgal committee greater powers to investigate the contents of the sealed envelope that it had provided the apex court along with the report.

A group of investigators headed by senior IPS officer BB Mishra assisted the Mudgal Committee, which was given the power to probe, search and seize relevant documents and record evidence, though not the power to arrest.

The court had said that the Mudgal panel would also be assisted by Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai police and it will not reveal anything regarding the investigation to others and the media and will maintain absolute confidentiality.

The Mudgal panel, which was asked to submit a report by August-end, seeked a two-month extension to complete its probe, which was granted by the Supreme Court.

In another setback for the BCCI, the board was forced to postpone its Annual General Meeting (AGM) after the Supreme Court Sep 1 ignored pleas to reinstate Srinivasan as its president.

The court also referred to an earlier order by Justice A.K. Patnaik saying Srinivasan "could not come back as BCCI president as long as the probe is on".

The BCCI will have its eyes fixed on Supreme Court's next date of hearing Nov 10 that could very well decide Srinivasan's future as a cricket administrator.

IANS

Story first published:  Monday, November 3, 2014, 11:12 [IST]
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