Apex court reveals names of a few personalities probed by the Mudgal panel for alleged links to IPL spot-fixing scam. SC orders that names of cricketers indicted in the report not be disclosed
New Delhi: The Supreme Court Friday decided to make public the Mudgal committee report that investigated the allegations of spot fixing and betting in the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in respect of sidelined BCCI president N. Srinivasan, his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan and two others.
The apex court bench headed by Justice T. S. Thakur said that the report dealing with the conduct and role of Srinivsasan, Meiyappan, BCCI official Sundar Raman and Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra will be given to these four people as well as to the BCCI and the petitioner Cricket Association of Bihar.
Gurunath Meiyappan has a chat with CSK skipper MS Dhoni. Pic/ AFP
The court, however, said that the names of the players named in the report will be held back for the time being.
The court said all the parties will file their objections to the report within four days of its receipt and they will have the liberty to file responses to rival objections in another four days and directed the listing of the matter for Nov 24.
The court recorded the statement by BCCI counsel T.A. Sundaram that the meeting of the BCCI annual general body which was scheduled to be held Nov 20, will now take place after four weeks.
Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) secretary Aditya Verma, who was the petitioner in the case, told the media that the Supreme Court has not revealed the names of the big players.
"The Supreme Court released the seven names of the 13 people who were named in the Mudgal report. Three of the names are of players, while the others are of officials. The court requested that the names of the players not be disclosed," he said.
"The names that have not been released are all of players, but the court has kept the revealing of the said names on hold as of now," he added.
Verma also questioned the motives behind the BCCI's proposal to postpone its annual general meeting (AGM).
"Even after top officials of the BCCI have been named by the Mudgal report, why is the organisation not willing to go ahead with its AGM and name new officials? I request all state associations to not stand by this," he said.
On March 25, the court had told Srinivasan to step down from his position as BCCI president in order to ensure a fair investigation into the betting and spot-fixing charges levied against his Meiyappan, the team principal of Chennai Super Kings.
The BCCI does not recognize the CAB and Verma, who had filed the public interest litigation (PIL) against the cricketing body last year, accusing it of corruption.