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Updated: July 29, 2013 01:00 IST

BCCI’s probe panel gives clean chit to Srinivasan

J. Venkatesan
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N. Srinivasan seems set to return to the helm of affairs after a two-judge probe panel found no evidence against his team Chennai Super Kings in the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal. File photo
The Hindu N. Srinivasan seems set to return to the helm of affairs after a two-judge probe panel found no evidence against his team Chennai Super Kings in the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal. File photo

The report says there is no evidence of any wrongdoing by Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra

The two-member enquiry commission of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that went into allegations of betting and spot-fixing in the IPL season VI matches has given a clean chit to the BCCI president N. Srinivasan.

The panel held that there was no evidence to suggest that India Cements, owner of Chennai Super Kings (CSK), was either directly or indirectly involved in “betting” or “spot-fixing.”

The commission said the question to be decided was whether the arrest of CSK principal and Mr. Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan for betting had a bearing on the involvement of India Cements — and correspondingly — its Managing Director, Mr. Srinivasan, and it was found that it did not.

Commission members Justice T. Jayarama Chouta and Justice R. Balasubramanian, former Judges of the Madras High Court, said this in a report submitted to the BCCI working committee.

Though the BCCI had appointed its secretary, Sanjay Jagdale, as a third member, after he resigned his post, the two members went ahead with the enquiry and held the commission’s first sitting on June 21.

Highly placed sources told The Hindu that the trial court itself, while granting bail to Mr. Meiyappan, had recorded a finding that the accused was involved only in betting and there was no material to show his involvement in match-fixing and “we can’t go beyond what the judicial verdict had given against him.” “There was no evidence to suggest the involvement of India Cements or its Managing Director, Mr. Srinivasan, regarding the allegation of ‘betting’ or ‘spot fixing’,” the sources said.

Mr. Meiyappan's arrest created a crisis for his father-in-law, who had to temporarily step down, and Jagmohan Dalmiya, the president of the BCCI from 2001-2004, was appointed interim chief of the Board. The arrest came after paceman Shanthakumaran Sreesanth and two teammates of the Rajasthan Royals team – Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila – were taken into custody.

The sources said the committee probed the role of Mr. Meiyappan, India Cements, Jaipur IPL Pvt. Ltd. (owners of the Rajasthan Royals franchise) and its co-owner, Raj Kundra, who was suspended on charges of gambling in IPL VI matches.

Mr. Kundra had retracted his statement to the police about his involvement in betting and he had stated he was not involved in match-or spot-fixing. It was found that there was no evidence or “legal materials” to suggest that he had indulged in any “wrong-doing,” the sources said.

Rajasthan Royals, the sources said, had denied that it failed in its duty to monitor players’ activities. It explained the steps taken against each player as per the IPL rules. “It is impossible to shadow all the players. How can we disbelieve the reasonable steps taken by them. Despite this if individual players were involved in betting or spot-fixing, it is up to them to face action in accordance with law,” the sources said.

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The twomember inquiry commission of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that went into allegations of betting and spotfixing in the IPL season VI matches should be frank enough to reveal in their impartial finding out that there existed never any person by names N. Srinivasan and not at all anybody as Gurunath Meiyappan. Such a conclusive finding out alone could settle the matter once for all. All the more, the inquiry commission of the BCCI should have recommended the Bharat Ratna one each to both of them if at all some less intelligent human being ever reveals the truth against the BCCI's finding. It is proved beyond doubt that next only to God and the Pope, the two wise men of the inquiry commission of the BCCI are the infallible ones. Long live both the men.

from:  C. Sachidananda Narayanan
Posted on: Jul 29, 2013 at 09:50 IST

Whatelse can we expect. The probe should have been handed over to an independent agency. Acquitting only Meiyappan would have raised more issues, hence Kundra also has been exonerated. The biggest fools are we the people who watch these matches allowing unscrupulous promoters to make millions.

from:  Thiyagarajan
Posted on: Jul 29, 2013 at 06:46 IST

Why investing agencies cannot do a fair investigation without too much hurry and avoid unpleasant days these socially esteemed gentlemen already undergone?

from:  S.Karuppiah
Posted on: Jul 29, 2013 at 06:02 IST

HAHAHAHA... No one would be punished for saying "I told you so...." !!

from:  Kshitij
Posted on: Jul 29, 2013 at 04:36 IST

Not Surprised..The same saga of probe panels in India..!!

from:  Manoj Kumar
Posted on: Jul 29, 2013 at 04:19 IST

This commission was chosen by BCCI. Both the members were former justices from Madras High Court, possibly known to Srinivasan. So, it is not surprising they give a clean chit. What is needed is a commission chosen by people not at all connected with BCCI?

from:  Prasad
Posted on: Jul 28, 2013 at 19:46 IST

Nothing surprising here.

from:  Gautam
Posted on: Jul 28, 2013 at 16:20 IST

The developments in IPL reminds of an Owner of a Company who appoints an enquiry commission to review complaints of corruption and mismanagement by his own son in his company. The commission which is paid by the Owner for conducting the enquiry in his company gives a clean chit to his son saying no wrong doing done. Everybody in the company is happy and preparing for the next gala event !

from:  K S Raghunathan
Posted on: Jul 28, 2013 at 12:36 IST

This is a sham. When tough action should have been taken against those ultimately guilty (and unfortunately influence power centers), BCCI has chosen to drag with a blot on its (already dirty) reputation. Tough measures would have acted as deterrent against filthy betting circles. I am sure the slosh wipes the floors of corruption, dirty politics and also criminal gangs. This is an opportunity lost.

from:  Rahul
Posted on: Jul 28, 2013 at 11:46 IST

What!!! Are you kidding me? They aren't even pretending to try, are they.

from:  twistleton
Posted on: Jul 28, 2013 at 11:38 IST
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