India boss Srinivasan found guilty in fixing probe
NEW DELHI (AP) — Suspended Board of Control for Cricket in India president Narainswamy Srinivasan and three other officials are guilty of “misdemeanors” according to a panel investigating spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League, India’s Supreme Court revealed on Friday.
IPL chief executive Sundar Raman, Srinivasan’s son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings official, Gurunath Meiyappan, and Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra were the others named by the court.
They were indicted in a report submitted by the Supreme Court-appointed committee led by Justice Mukul Mudgal.
“The report did suggest some misdemeanors,” the court said. “The report is in relation to players and to other actors in the drama.”
But the court refrained from revealing the players named by the committee.
The court said it was sharing the report with lawyers from both sides, and the four officials should submit their objections within four days.
The court said it will hear arguments on Nov. 24, meaning the BCCI annual general meeting on Nov. 20 will likely be postponed. Srinivasan was up for re-election. He’s also the chairman of the International Cricket Council.
“There’s no question of Srinivasan contesting unless the issue is resolved,” the court said.
Srinivasan, a director of the India Cements company that owns Chennai Super Kings, was asked to step aside as BCCI president during the investigation into spot-fixing in the 2013 IPL. He refused, and the Supreme Court suspended him.
Srinivasan came under the scanner after Meiyappan was arrested for two weeks by Mumbai Police for allegedly being in touch with illegal book-makers and passing on team information to them.
According to IPL rules, a team can be suspended if its officials bring the tournament into disrepute.
Meiyappan was cleared by the BCCI’s own panel last year, but a petition from the Cricket Association of Bihar led to the Bombay High Court declaring that panel “illegal and unconstitutional.”
The CAB then took the issue to the Supreme Court, which ordered an investigation into the role of Srinivasan and 12 others in May.
The Supreme Court gave the Mudgal committee all investigative powers, including search and seizure of relevant documents, and recording evidence, but not the power to make arrests.
The fixing controversy erupted after a clutch of cricketers, including former test pace bowler Shantakumaran Sreesanth, were arrested for allegedly giving away a minimum number of runs in exchange for money from bookies.