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BCCI seeks Dhoni's deposition before Mudgal committee

Amol Karhadkar

April 9, 2014

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MS Dhoni has a word with the BCCI president N Srinivasan, Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2012, final, Chennai, May 27, 2012
The Supreme Court heard the matter on Friday, and deferred it till April 16, the scheduled date of its next hearing of the IPL corruption case © AFP

The BCCI has filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking examination of the deposition of three key individuals before the Justice Mukul Mudgal Committee that was appointed for a fact-finding mission on last year's IPL corruption scandal. The BCCI has requested audio recordings of India captain MS Dhoni, IPL chief operating officer Sundar Raman and sidelined BCCI president N Srinivasan. The Supreme Court heard the matter on Friday, and deferred it till April 16, the scheduled date of its next hearing of the IPL corruption case.*

At the Friday hearing, the court was informed by the secretary of the Justice Mudgal Committee, Vidushpat Singhania, that the court had been provided with minutes of the meetings and depositions before the panel, and not transcripts or recordings.

During the previous hearing of the IPL case, the court divided the BCCI presidency into two parts during its interim order. In that hearing, Harish Salve, representing the Cricket Association of Bihar, the petitioners against the BCCI, had accused Dhoni of having indulged in "corrupt practices" by covering up facts about the role of Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan in the Chennai Super Kings franchise. In the Mudgal report, the mention of Dhoni's deposition is as follows: "Mr MS Dhoni, Mr N Srinivasan and officials of India Cements took the stand that Mr Meiyappan had nothing to do with the cricketing affairs of Chennai Super Kings and was a mere cricket enthusiast supporting Super Kings." While Raman had told the Mudgal committee that the ownership structure of IPL franchises was "ambiguous", Srinivasan was referred to in the committee's report twice, with references made to his conflict of interest in the case.

At the start of its hearing, the Mudgal committee is understood to have recorded conversations in order to keep an accurate record of the minutes every deposition. Those being interviewed were told that the recordings would not be used in court and were deleted after the minutes had been accurately noted down. At one stage of the hearing, the recordings are known to have been stopped. Along with the Mudgal committee report, both parties were made available 4000 pages of annexures which did not consist of recordings from the 52 depositions made to the committee.

A sealed envelope, however, contains minutes of the meetings and depositions that took place before the committee pertaining to unverified allegations and should the court agree to hand over the minutes of the meeting, they will have to be made available to both parties.

During the March 25 hearing, the court stated while it could not divulge details of the sealed envelope given to them by the Mudgal panel, the BCCI's lawyers were shown certain portions of the report. When the counsel, CA Sundaram, said "We have not seen the contents of the report in the sealed cover", Justice Patnaik is believed to have summoned him to the bench and had him read a portion of the sealed envelope report.

06.25GMT, April 11: This article was updated after the court hearing on Friday.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (April 11, 2014, 0:43 GMT)

There is (and there had been) a structural flaw in our system, across all fields. Creating conflict of interests is the norm than the exception. Cricket, Business, Politics, Education, Medicine... just name it. No field is devoid of it.

Hundreds of examples can be sited. But, I have no intention to 'waste' this space to narrate any of those horror stories, I had personally witnessed in my profession. Also, everyone knows that.

Unless that is curbed, legally, socially and otherwise, that most fertile field for nurturing corruption will continue gnawing at our very conscience.

Sermons won't work, surgical removal is needed.

Posted by   on (April 10, 2014, 15:43 GMT)

Dhoni's role as India's captain, should not be disturbed, at least till the next 50-50 World Cup is over, irrespective of what happens to him on the field or of the field.

However it is high time to groom someone like Sanju Samson to take over as India's wicket-keeper-batsman, by the time Kohli takes over the captaincy.

I personally prefer the same captain for all the three formats; but the team composition can be different, depending on the needs of each format.

In our culture, players derive strength from the captain's authority, and as such it should not be played with from format to format.

Posted by wapuser on (April 10, 2014, 13:40 GMT)

No dhoni need to stay he is good n best captain n also need to change players training coach

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (April 10, 2014, 13:14 GMT)

@concerned_cricketer, well said mate. Couldn't agree more.

Posted by concerned_cricketer on (April 10, 2014, 12:47 GMT)

@GermanPlayer, @wonderstar1, I don't think the average Indian fan is particularly worried about being loved or hated by all and sundry. What she/he is more worried about is whether the cavalier attitude you refer to from BCCI will ultimately lead to India playing less cricket, talented youth not aspiring to get into the Indian team and on the whole following cricket becomes less enjoyable in the long run. Why would loved or hated make a difference to a fan? How would an Indian fan know whether another random fan exisiting in some corner of the world is sensible or a dunce?

Posted by wonderstar1 on (April 10, 2014, 9:57 GMT)

@Germanplayer well said. I agree fully. we are hated due to the administrators which is no fault of fans. You can see amount of bitterness by the comments you can read on all India related matches even if they lose a single match. You can see some people come out in force and bash illogically. Perhaps I have other ideas. May be odd but it can work out. India should try to evolve in other sports, which has equal partners. Say soccer, Indian team is pathetic is soccer now if they improve we can get rid of this all around India hate.

Posted by Jalz007 on (April 10, 2014, 8:08 GMT)

Its' important for MSD to come out of this issue un-scathed. He has a huge fan following & a role model to a lot of Indians.He needs to to be honest & should have the courage to give a proper & correct disposition to the court. Let the law of the land take its due course of action. Dhoni should do what ever is needed to come out of this controversy. He has contributed immensely to indian cricket, a trivial issue like this should not spoil all the good things he has done over the years to indian cricket....

Posted by GermanPlayer on (April 10, 2014, 7:51 GMT)

Do the Indian fans realize that these days, because of BCCI's actions, India is the most hated team in the world? Just like Aus and Eng were when they enjoyed the veto power in cricket!

Posted by   on (April 10, 2014, 7:39 GMT)

Not sure i understand why the BCCI (which is an interested party to proceedings) should have prior sight of Dhoni's and others testimony.

Posted by muzika_tchaikovskogo on (April 10, 2014, 6:42 GMT)

Whatever happens to Dhoni, one just hopes that (a) his monumental contribution to Indian cricket is never forgotten and (b) the test team gets a more pro-active and aggressive captain.

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