Retired High Court Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal-led committee probing corruption charges against team owners of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals, has found CSK's Gurunath Meiyappan guilty of betting and passing match-related information during Indian Premier League 2013. The 170-page report, filed in the Supreme Court on Monday morning, said Meiyappan, the son-in-law of BCCI president N. Srinivasan, had placed bets on IPL matches and shared confidential information.
The Supreme Court will examine the panel's report on March 7. The report was compiled after recording statements of players, journalists and officials associated with IPL. The committee was formed by the apex court in October last year. The details of the report are expected to have a deep impact on not just the future of CSK and RR but also the shape that Indian Premier League takes in the near future. If the team owners of the two franchises are found guilty, they may be scrapped as per IPL Governing Council's constitution.
The probe - as part of its investigations - had scrutinised the role of CSK team principal, Meiyappan. While CSK has maintained that Meiyappan was never the team principal, his deep association with the team has been well known. Retired Justice Mudgal's report clearly states that Meiyappan was the face of CSK and a team official too. The Mudgal committee was formed last year after the Bihar association filed a petition against the verdict of the two-member internal inquiry committee — comprising former judges of the Madras high Court, Justice T Jayarama Chouta and Justice R Balasubramanian — formed by BCCI.