India news June 8, 2014

Sourav Ganguly to join Mudgal probe panel

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sourav Ganguly will join the Mukul Mudgal-led committee that is probing allegations of corruption in the Indian Premier League, including the investigation of 13 individuals listed in a sealed envelope that was given to the Supreme Court after a preliminary inquiry.

"We had requested Sourav Ganguly to join the IPL probe panel and he has agreed to join us in the investigations. I had telephoned Sourav and he confirmed about coming on board," Mudgal told PTI. "Since our committee member L Nageswara Rao was not present today, we couldn't fix the date of our next meeting. We will let you know when the committee meets next."

The Mudgal committee was set up by the court in October last year to investigate the fixing allegations that arose during the IPL's 2013 season. It had submitted its findings in February this year in a report that included a sealed envelope - to be seen only by the judges - with the names of 13 people who, the committee said, should be further investigated.

The court asked the committee to continue its investigation of the individuals named in the sealed envelope and the committee was also given greater powers for its probe. In agreeing to continue the investigation, Justice Mudgal had listed specific organisations and individuals whose assistance he would require, which included a former India cricketer "of repute and integrity".

The committee, which is being assisted by former senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer BB Mishra, has been given all investigative powers, including search and seizure of relevant documents and recording evidence. However, it cannot carry out any arrests. The committee will also be provided with assistance from one senior police officer each from Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi, as requested and is expected to submit its report in a sealed envelope by the end of August.

The case dates back to June 2013, when the Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) secretary Aditya Verma raised charges of a conflict of interest in BCCI's original two-member inquiry panel for the IPL corruption issue. A Bombay High Court ruling later termed the probe panel "illegal". The BCCI and the CAB filed petitions in the Supreme Court against this order, with the CAB contending that the Bombay High Court could have suggested a fresh mechanism to look into the corruption allegations.

The Supreme Court then appointed a three-member committee, headed by former High Court judge Mukul Mudgal and comprising additional solicitor general L Nageswara Rao and Nilay Dutta to conduct an independent inquiry into the allegations of corruption against Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, 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.

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  • Dummy4 on June 9, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    This is the way to go to probe corruption and malpractises. The inclusion of past cricketers is a very good option. They should rope many other cricketers who are held in high esteem in the cricketing world such as Gavaskar, Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Kumble, Srinath to name a few. Great choice and Dada will speak his heart, we all know that. Corruption has no place in sports especially in the beautiful game "Cricket"

  • Muthuvel on June 9, 2014, 12:30 GMT

    This is good, now people will truly believe what the report says, no offense to the others in the panel but Saurav is held in high esteem across the country for his integrity and straight talk.

  • Dummy4 on June 9, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    Dada, the fearless royal Bengal Tiger will again catch hold of the Pray for sure and present in front of the People.

  • Dummy4 on June 9, 2014, 10:29 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan and mostly as a Cricket fan I do have great respect for Sourav and hopes he will play a major role in this time too.

  • Dummy4 on June 9, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    Good news for dada's fans

  • Dummy4 on June 9, 2014, 2:36 GMT

    Integrity 100%,concerned about the nation , cricket equally & calls spade a spade ! Who else can be a better choice than Dada ?

  • Dummy4 on June 9, 2014, 2:08 GMT

    Good to hear Sourav contributing again for the future of Indian cricket.

  • Dummy on June 8, 2014, 21:54 GMT

    Finally some hope on Mudgal committee. ...the duty of cleaning up Indian cricket has once again fallen back on Dada"s shoulders!!

  • Dummy4 on June 8, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    Absolutely thrilled !!! Hope the results of the probe comes out soon....justice delayed is justice dneied

  • Chaitanya on June 8, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    Great addition! Dada, time for your next inning as Leader in Indian Cricket...All the best!

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