The Supreme Court, in a hearing on Monday, gave the Mudgal Committee another two months to finish its investigation into last year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) betting and match fixing controversy. The committee had submitted its interim report to the apex court on August 29, and the next hearing on the matter will be on November 10.
The court also refused the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI)’s plea to reinstate N Srinivasan as its president. The Supreme Court, however, allowed the Mudgal Committee to file another interim report and interrogate Srinivasan and/or any other individual in this regard if such a need need arose.
The Mudgal Committee was appointed by the Supreme Court earlier this year to probe further into the match fixing and betting allegations in the sixth edition of the IPL. The controversy implicates Gurunath Meiyappan, a team official with India Cements-owned Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Srinivasan is the managing director of CSK holding company and is also Meiyappan’s father-in-law.
The controversy raged on when the probe committee set up by the BCCI gave Meiyappan and Srinivasan the clean chit, while the Mudgal Committee found that there was enough evidence to probe the matter further. The committee was formed after a PIL was filed in the Supreme Court challenging the findings of the probe panel set up by the BCCI.
Apart from CSK, the controversy also featured Rajasthan Royals, the team owner by Shipla Shetty and Raj Kundra, with the latter being interrogated for participating in illegal betting. A sting operation led to the arrest of three players from the team for match fixing, one of them being S Sreesanth.