The committee probing the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing episode sought information from the public regarding allegations of betting against Gurunath Meiyappan and the other accused in the scandal on Thursday.
The Supreme Court appointed committee, headed by former Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal and including Additional Solicitor General L. Nageshwar Rao and senior advocate Nilay Dutta, had its first meeting on Thursday after being appointed early this month. The committee decided on the schedule of meetings after “perusal” of the Supreme Court order.
The committee is investigating charges of betting and spot-fixing in the IPL matches against Meiyappan, son-in-law of Board president N. Srinivasan and allegedly the team principal of Chennai Super Kings, the accused players and the team owner of Rajasthan Royals.
The committee was appointed following a petition filed by the Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) against the rulings of the two-member probe panel of the Board comprising former judges of the Madras high Court, Justice T. Jayarama Chouta and Justice R. Balasubramanian.
The Board’s probe panel had banned the cricketers, including S. Sreesanth, but absolved Meiyappan and Raj Kundra, co-owner of Rajasthan Royals, of the allegations.
“The schedule of the sittings of the committee and its functioning and support personnel were finalised and communicated to the BCCI,” the secretary of the committee, Vidushpat Singhania, said.
In the statement issued by the Board, the committee called people to share information on the allegations against Meiyappan and other accused, “only through the following e-mail address
justicemudgaliplprobecommittee @gmail.com .
The statement, released by Messrs Singanhia and Board treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry, concluded, “The informants shall not be given hearing unless and until the committee thinks it fit to do so. The identity of the informant shall be kept confidential.”