Corruption in IPL

Two independents in inquiry commission

ESPNcricinfo staff

May 28, 2013

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The BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale in Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, June 24, 2012
Sanjay Jagdale, the BCCI secretary, is part of the three-member commission appointed by the IPL governing council © AFP
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The IPL governing council has appointed a three-member commission comprising two former high court judges and BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale to look into the complaints against India Cements, the owners of the Chennai Super Kings, Gurunath Meiyappan, the Super Kings official arrested on charges of betting, and Jaipur IPL Pvt Ltd, the owners of Rajasthan Royals.

The two judges are Justice T Jayaram Chouta, a former judge of the Karnataka and Tamil Nadu High Courts, and Justice R Balasubramanian, former judge of the Tamil Nadu High Court.

"The Commission will be initiating the adjudication proceedings at the earliest," the BCCI said in a release.

The composition of the commission is different to what BCCI president N Srinivasan had announced in Kolkata, where he said it would be formed by two BCCI officials and one independent member. This commission, Srinivasan said, would be responsible for investigating and deciding whether his son-in-law Gurunath was an owner of the Super Kings franchise.

The commission will also conduct an inquiry into the owners of the Rajasthan Royals franchise, three of whose players - Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan - were arrested on allegations of spot-fixing.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by ut4me87 on (May 29, 2013, 12:11 GMT)

It does not matter if the judges are from the South/North/TN. They are judges and they should submit report independent of political or business interference. To ask the question where they are from is actually undermining Indian judiciary and implies that they can be bought.

Posted by Haleos on (May 29, 2013, 11:46 GMT)

@ TSJ07 - Businesses are always the real driving force be it any country. East or West does not matter. It is what is lobbying.

Posted by Kirk-at-Lords on (May 29, 2013, 11:35 GMT)

The "Big Men in the Sky Boxes" are very accustomed to pulling the strings and having judges and others dance like puppets to the tune they wish to play. This time, however, instead of the whole process appearing solemn and genuine, it is nothing but pitiful and laughable. How many wise men does it take to decide who owns a franchise, when all the documentation and prior behaviour is so firmly in place already? This only thing this so-called "commission" represents is prevarication and time-wasting, pure and simple. The Big Men appear before the cricketing world like kings strutting about without their clothing. Where will we find the clear-eyed young one who will say, "Look, they aren't wearing anything!" Maybe at that point, the genuinely wise people who want to save the cricket will call for the Cricket Constitutional Convention. We can even hold it online and make it a crowd-sourced event.

Posted by TSJ07 on (May 29, 2013, 10:13 GMT)

wow!! This is getting murkier every day and this also means its the businessmen and bureaucrats who are the real powerful people in India and not politicians the way I used to believe. Two judges from his HOME state means Shukla and has just rectified the mistake made previously so that we don't point finger at previous commission with two BCCI members.they thought they are very clever people and can easily fool cricket lovers all over the world.But they wont be able to. Sri has also not cared about the his resignation call from various political parties which means he thinks he is too powerful for them.And this latest heinous terrorist attack on politicians has come as pleasent surprise for Sri has media and congress and has diverted their attention to this attack away from Sri.

Posted by   on (May 29, 2013, 8:22 GMT)

BCCI rules world cricket, so what ever they do is Right. ICC can only watch.

Posted by   on (May 29, 2013, 7:02 GMT)

@Ramya Prakash Reddy on (May 29, 2013, 4:17 GMT) Only one Judge from TN.

Are there no judges outside South India? Even if BCCI had picked a judge from any other state, it couldn't have been done without Srini's approval. So what difference it make?

If Supreme court had appointed a committee on the lines of SIT, I would have had "some" hope.

If BCCI doesn't know who is the owner of CSK, no one is likely to know. Even if the legal owner is an organizational entity which is part if India Cements, by virtue of being the major shareholder and MD of IC, Srini is morally the owner. De facto, or De jure; doesn't matter.

By extention, in the traditional Indian Familial context, Guru is "also an owner". At least an "owner by consent" since Srini never objected to Guru carrying an ID exclusively reserved for owners and allowed him to talk and act like an owner for 6 long yrs. Legal niceties are just a few dried and crumbled fig leaves to cover the naked truth.

Posted by latecut_04 on (May 29, 2013, 4:46 GMT)

2 days before there was an article in Cricinfo titled '10 questions to Srinivasan' which received worldwide response(mostly appreciating the courage shown by the site and for being an honest member of the Fourth Estate) BUT this article and its headline nullifies the effect of that piece of journalism.Apologies for being so brutally honest.but the 2 'independent' judges mentioned in the title are from TamilNadu and India Cements is HQed in Chennai.Srinivasan's influence runs worldwide and selecting investigators from his home state is ridiculous to say the least.Also title seems to laud the fact that 'only 1 BCCI member' is in the commission.BCCI itself is being doubted regarding whether the lapse from their part was merely negligence or compliance in this mess.Judges from Supreme court and other top officials from Enforcement should have formed the commission because issue deals not only with cricket but with black money and illegal agents which pose a much LARGER threat.please publis

Posted by   on (May 29, 2013, 4:17 GMT)

Only one Judge from TN. Jayaram Chowta is from Karnataka

Posted by vivek461 on (May 29, 2013, 4:12 GMT)

"This commission, Srinivasan said, would be responsible for investigating and deciding whether his son-in-law Gurunath was an owner of the Super Kings franchise" . man why you need a comission to find out the obvious! forget about the legality. Every1 knows that he was the owner(virtual or real). Ambani family is owner of the MI, it doesnt matter who owns it on paper. madness.

Posted by Dhanno on (May 29, 2013, 3:46 GMT)

@squarepeg. hit the nail. Funny how both judges are from same state as Srini. Ya independent, right

Posted by   on (May 29, 2013, 3:35 GMT)

I am just curious, why two judges and one member has to investigate to find out who is the owner of CSK? I suppose, BCCI made all the fuss about the Kochi team, who owns its? What is the sweat equity of Sunanda etc.. Does it mean that BCCI has no records whatsoever about the ownership details of CSK? Has BCCI allotted franchise without any record? Why it needs an Investigation of the ownership? This clearly tells that even the judges may not be able to find it if BCCI cannot know who is the owner!

Posted by Garvogujarati on (May 29, 2013, 3:18 GMT)

I don't mind if they come up with my name as the owner of CSK. I am ready to go to jail. Why they need a commission to find out who is the owner ? didn't they have the papers ?

Posted by   on (May 29, 2013, 2:37 GMT)

There is no Tamil Nadu High Court. It is the Madras High Court.

Posted by gibbs.175 on (May 29, 2013, 2:36 GMT)

I request to the honourable judge or the police department "This league (IPL) should be stopped or banned right now because this is not giving a break to the young talent from INDIA ....they are giving a break new and old gamblers....again future of cricket is under question mark....Please someone save real cricket...do something ............money is not everything....good luck

Posted by   on (May 29, 2013, 0:42 GMT)

On first reading, I have absolutely no basis to doubt the members of this committee. But... I was a member of the Board of a company in Chennai. One of my co-Directors was a retired Judge of the local High Court. Coming to know him during those days and observing him and watching how the company made use of his 'experiences' do not give me much confidence. Though I had resigned from that Board years ago, and things may be different now, it still gives me uneasy feelings. All over the country many things had gone only for the worse... especially when it comes to ethical standards of people in / had been in power.

Posted by somethingdifferent on (May 28, 2013, 23:55 GMT)

Doesn't look very independent to me. Why anyone from BCCI at all. And are there no judges in any other states. Why not have all there independent members preferably judges from other states with no possibility of any influence. If the idea is to have a fair and honest inquiry why not form such a commission which does not have even a iota of doubt about it.

Posted by   on (May 28, 2013, 21:25 GMT)

fair and honest ? indian cricket ? bcci ? forget it

Posted by ToTellUTheTruth on (May 28, 2013, 20:46 GMT)

Looks like Srini has read the ESPN's 10 questions and corrected himself.

Posted by srikanthGM on (May 28, 2013, 20:37 GMT)

Why select two judges from Tamil Nadu? India Cements will have much influence in Tamil Nadu. I am not saying the particular judges are to be doubted - but why even take that chance? It would have been better to go to some other state to select the judges. Or supreme court justices would have been much better.

Posted by Provost on (May 28, 2013, 18:28 GMT)

As a CSK fan, we want a clear and transparent investigation... the judges or the commision make up does not give us any confidence.....looks like a typical fake setup.....why can't we bring people like Seshan (former chief of election commision) or people who are well known to be fair and honest.... even after this commision's report, there will be question marks all over.......it is frustrating for a CSK fan as their IPL record is now in question and we deserve a true answer for all the 'Whistle podu' over the years......

Posted by street_smart on (May 28, 2013, 17:44 GMT)

All the ex-judges are from chennai.... such a fake commission...

Posted by squarepeg on (May 28, 2013, 17:05 GMT)

A retired Supreme Court judge and a Judge from other courts like Orissa, Gujarat, UP, Bihar - states not having IPL teams would have been and appear to be more objective and independent,

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