India news February 10, 2014

Charges against Gurunath proved - IPL probe report

ESPNcricinfo staff

Gurunath Meiyappan, the son-in-law of BCCI president N Srinivasan, has been found by a court-appointed committee to have indulged in betting and passing on information during IPL 2013, as alleged, and has been proved to be the team official of Chennai Super Kings. The committee, led by Justice Mukul Mudgal, submitted its final report to the Supreme Court on Monday with the proviso that it was for the court to decide on any action to be taken.

The report also said that Raj Kundra, the Rajasthan Royals team owner, had "resorted to betting" through Umesh Goenka in the IPL as was "evident" from the statements of Goenka recorded by the Delhi court. However, it said that "further and serious investigations" on the basis of the Goenka statements were required.

The report noted that the allegations of spot-fixing and match fixing against five players - Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan, Ajit Chandila, Amit Singh and Siddharth Trivedi - on the basis of evidence provided by Delhi Police were facing criminal trial and "adequate punishment has been imposed upon them by the BCCI."

Along with the report, the court has also been given a sealed envelope - to be opened and read only by the judges - containing the names of persons allegedly involved in sporting fraud. The report said the commission had come across "many allegations of sporting fraud" and had forwarded the allegations in the sealed envelope "in view of the sensitive nature of the information being provided". The committee said it would not be "proper to cast aspersions on the persons named unless investigations are conducted".

The report is now expected to be taken up by the court on March 7, when it resumes hearing the case pertaining to IPL corruption which had led to the formation of the Mudgal committee.

The implications of the report, though serious, are not expected at this point to affect the IPL auction, due to be held on February 12 and 13. Rajiv Shukla, the BCCI vice-president, said the auction would go ahead as scheduled. "The good that Supreme Court has done is that the IPL auction was not stopped," he said. "It will happen as planned for all the teams in Bangalore."

N Srinivasan, the BCCI president, said he would not comment till he had read the full report. The question of whether Gurunath was involved in match-fixing and spot-fixing, the report said, had "not been investigated thoroughly by the anti-corruption units of the ICC and the BCCI or the Crime Branch Criminal Investigation Department of the Chennai police, "even though some information was available for such an investigation to be conducted."

Over the question of Gurunath's role as "owner" of CSK, the committee said that the 'infraction of the rules prohibiting betting by a team official has clearly occoured." It took note of the "stance" of the CSK senior counsel who had said that "CSK should not be punished for actions of Meiyappan." The franchisee owners "(Indian Cements) (sic)" had defended the actions of the franchisee "by contending/ stating that Mr Gurunath Meiyappan was not related in any way with the franchise." The committee's response to this contention was that, "the franchisee appears to be contradicting the factual position as has already been observed by the committee."

The committee stated that Gurunath had been in violation of several sections of the IPL Operational Rules, the IPL Anti-Corruption Code and Articles of the Code of Conduct for Players and team officials. The report's "conclusions and recommendations" section has said that it can do no more than report a "violation of the rules" to the Court as it does not have a mandate to impose any punishment. "It is for the Hon'ble Supreme Court to decide what action, if any, is to be taken pursuant of the report of the Committee."

There are references made to one specific match in the report, between Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings on May 12, 2013, the committee stating, "there seems to be enough information available on record to indicate that a further investigation is required in respect of the match."

The report also refers to the issue of conflict of interest - "raised by several persons who are neither in the BCCI hierarchy nor are beneficiaries of the BCCI" - brought about by the ownership of Chennai Super Kings by India Cements, whose managing director is the BCCI president. "It was also pointed out that the conflict of interest was brought about by the amendment to clause 6.2.4 of the BCCI Rules and Regulations, by which an office-bearer of the BCCI was permitted to hold a commercial interest in the IPL and Champions League." The amendment, the report notes, was the subject of a petition in the Supreme Court by former BCCI president AC Muthiah, leading to a split verdict.

The report concedes that, while the issue does not fall directly within the committee's terms of reference, the questions raised were "serious and may have large-scale ramifications on the functioning of cricket." It said it was bringing the matter before the Supreme Court "since several stakeholders repeatedly stressed on this issue."

The three-member committee, headed by former High Court judge Mukul Mudgal and comprising additional solicitor general L Nageswara Rao and Assam Cricket Association member Nilay Dutta, was set up by the Supreme Court in October 2013 to conduct an independent inquiry into the allegations of corruption against Gurunath, Super Kings team owner India Cements, and Rajasthan Royals team owner Jaipur IPL Cricket Private Ltd, as well as with the larger mandate of allegations around betting and spot-fixing in IPL matches and the involvement of players. It interviewed more than 100 people - including ESPNcricinfo's senior editor Sharda Ugra - in connection with its probe.

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  • Jo on February 12, 2014, 1:26 GMT

    @kowalski: FYI, I belong to your category as well. Do you think the 90's cricket was the golden era of test cricket? What make you believe that. World wide, the pitches were doctored to score more runs than bowlers having a fair deal. Even mighty Aussies could not bundle out the oppositions very cheaply as they use to do in 70's and 80's or Bradman ages.... why to go far.... just before Aus/Eng board brought new rules to demolish the strengths of WI ( Bowling attack). That day, was the darkest day of test cricket. Every record produced beaten after that were done on a mediocre test systems... Aus needed sledging as their weapon to win... etc.

  • Sikandar on February 11, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    Can anyone tell me why BCCI is so rich versus cricket boards of other countries??

  • Dummy4 on February 11, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    After destroying Indian Cricket, BCCI now goes for global destruction!! ...ICC.. Feels very bad to see all this in Cricket...once known as Gentlemans game!! After switching off from Indian Cricket after the GOD retired, I think its time to switch off from International cricket too!! Time to buy DVDs of old matches and watch them. Now we will tell our future generations that there used to be a gentlemans game called cricket!! which was destroyed by greed. One thing i am proud of is that I havent seen a single IPL match till date!! It was never cricket and never will be! Also its good that legends like Sachin, dravid, laxman, ganguly, kumble have all retired from cricket. Bye Bye Cricket!!

  • Rizwan on February 11, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    Why is M S Dhoni talking to Srinivasan's Son - in - Law ? Why is Mayyappan allowed to be in the dugout ? Didn't Srinivasan say that he has nothing to do with CSK when questions were raised about his conflict of interest as he was the head of the BCCI ?

  • Adeel on February 11, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    Under Dhoni captianship India had lost in overseas conditions same as other captians so it has put him in the same category as others? He is an exception ODI and T20 Captian and player but not a test match classic!!! under his captaincy Indian team has so far lost 4 consecetive overseas tour, lost in ENG, AUS, SA and now NZ, drew in SL!! He himself and team does not prepare themselves for the tours and this is the main reason of failure!! Secondly after loosing straight 8-0 to ENG and AUS his statement was it does not make any difference as we are World Champion!! Test is never his proirity nor importance!! Outstanding limited over player but a failure in test matches!!

  • Dummy4 on February 11, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    Please stop comparing Gangulys era with Dhonis achievements...Those were the years of quality cricket..The mighty Australians,Pakistan SA with their deadly fast attack,Murali,Warne,Kumble,Saqlin as spinners..Indian cricket reeling with match fixing controversies was saved by some bold and honest cricketers..Those were the years of cricket romanticism..When we evolved from dust to glory and challenged the best in their own den.

  • Dummy4 on February 11, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    Out of the 11 tests that we lost abroad, 8 tests had Sachin, Dravid, Lakshman and majority had Sehwag and Gambhir also. Please check the statistics below and comment on Dhoni's leadership Sachin - England - 34, 12, 16, 56, 1, 40, 23, 91 - Australia - 73, 32, 41, 80, 15, 8, 25, 13 Sehwag - England - NA, NA, NA, NA, 0, 0, 8, 33 - Australia - 67, 7, 30, 4, 0, 10, 18, 62 Gambhir - England - 15, 22, NA, NA, 38, 14, - Australia - 3, 13, 0, 83, 31, 14, 34, 3 Dravid - England - 103, 36, 117, 6, 22, 18, 146, 13 - Australia - 68, 10, 5, 29, 9, 47, 1, 25 Lakshman - England - 10, 56, 54, 4, 30, 2, 2, 24 - Australia - 2, 1, 2, 66, 31, 0, 18, 35 Raina - England - 0, 78, 12, 1, 4, 10, 0, 0 - Australia - NA Yuvraj Singh - England - NA, NA, 62, 8, NA, NA, NA, NA - Australia - NA Dhoni - England - 28, 16, 5, 0, 77, 74, 17, 3 - Australia - 6, 23, 57, 2, 12, 2, NA, NA Kohli - Australia - 11, 0, 23, 9, 44, 75, 116, 22

  • ESPN on February 11, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    Match fixing is an insult in any sporti,g event. Those who do such activities deserves punishment. N Srinivasan and his supporters should step down and make cricket clean just like Ganguly had done before. Why not make Ganguly as the chairman of BCCI?

  • Adeel on February 11, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    Dude!!! Out of those 26 victories in his bright carrier how many has come outside India? 2 may be three? and his defeats of 14 how many has come inside India? 4 may be!! So please accept Dhoni is not a test captain and he never succeeded in being a proper test captian in overseas condition. Any team coming to India always do their homework for spinnning and low tracks. Can you please tell me what preparations Dhoni and India team has ever done before going to overseas test tour? Any camp at high altitude, practise on green pithces, selecting team based on the touring country condition? name one please!!

  • Dummy4 on February 11, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    dhoni 52 tests 26 wins 14defeats he has been not only a great cricketer but a solid captian in all three formats please stop all this rubbish talk about a man who has taken indian cricket to fame and glory just because our team is in the rebuilding phrase the out of the sub continent performances have been not so good but tell me when before dhoni india has been good outside our conditions .i again say find super fast bowlers one or two and then see the change.

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