MUMBAI – The Indian Supreme Court on Thursday brought the hammer down on the Indian Premier League spot-fixing case, ruling Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra guilty of betting on IPL matches but sparing Srinivasan, against whom allegations of cover-up were not proved.
The apex court read out a 130-page verdict based on the final probe report submitted by the Justic Mukul Mudgal committee, wherein it stated that Meiyappan, son-in-law of Srinivasan, was indeed an official of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and did place bets on matches.
Co-owner of the Rajasthan Royals, Raj Kundra, was also found guilty of the same charges as Meiyappan. However, Srinivasan will heave a sigh of relief after the judgment delivered on Thursday.
“At best there is only a case of suspicion of cover-up against Srinivasan. He had deep-rooted interest in CSK matches; his behaviour raises suspicion but isn’t proof,” the court ruled.
As a consequence, Srinivasan may now be allowed to contest the BCCI presidential elections that are expected to be held shortly.
Although the court found no proof of cover-up against Srinivasan, it came down hard on his vested interests in the Chennai Super Kings, which is owned by his company India Cements.
“Decision to award compensation to India Cements casts a shadow of bias on Srinivasan. The argument that Srinivasan owns a minuscule share of India Cements is misleading because his family owns much more,” the court said, which effectively means the amendments made to rule Rule 6.2.4 of the BCCI Constitution has been struck down.
“Benefactor becoming the benefactor of the decision,” SC said.
The SC has also asked the BCCI to set up a report committee to look into these aspects, while saying that Kundra was heard by the Mudgal committee, so he can’t complain about that. The court also observed that the Mudgal committee followed all rules and proved all charges against Kundra.
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