New Delhi: It's going to be a big week for the Indian Premier League. The euphoria around the players' auction, scheduled in Bangalore on February 12 and 13, will probably hinge on how the Supreme Court reacts to a report by the Justice Mukul Mudgal-led committee that has investigated allegations of corruption in IPL 2013. The report is expected on Monday. (Read: Aditya Verma moves Supreme Court against IPL players' auction)
Monday will also see the Supreme Court hearing an appeal by Aditya Verma, the Cricket Association of Bihar secretary, whose PIL in the Mumbai High Court last year triggered a series of court battles that finally forced the Supreme Court to constitute the Mudgal committee in October 2013. In the eye of the storm are team owners of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals. (Read: Justice Mudgal wants betting legalized)
Verma's main battle is against N. Srinivasan, the Board of Control for Cricket in India president who also owns CSK. Although Srinivasan is not directly involved in illegal activities like betting, his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan is facing such terrible charges. Should the Mudgal probe report finds Chennai's team principal Meiyappan guilty and if the IPL governing council follows its constitution to the letter, CSK could be scrapped from the world's richest T20 league.