Sharda Ugra is senior editor at ESPNcricinfo
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The three cricketers whose names were inadvertently taken by Justice TS Thakur in the 2013 IPL corruption case in the Supreme Court on Friday have, in fact, been cleared by the Mudgal committee.
It has been confirmed by a reliable source close to the case that the three cricketers were not party to any wrong doing and that their names had been emphatically cleared by the committee report.
The names of three current cricketers were taken by Justice Thakur along with those of "non playing" individuals whom the court went on to issue notice to in regard to findings in the report. There was no context or reference made regarding the reasons for naming the cricketers. Within a few minutes, the cricketers' names appeared on Twitter and were picked up and flashed by most television news channels aross India. The court then asked the media present to withhold the names and though the names were removed from screens in a short while, by then had already been in wide circulation.
It is understood that the names of the three had cropped up during an incident pertaining to Rajasthan Royals, and upon investigation, the names of the three were cleared without any doubt.