New Delhi: Justice Mukul Mudgal-led committee, probing corruption charges against team owners of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, has found CSK's Gurunath Meiyappan guilty of betting and passing match-related information during Indian Premier League 2013. The 170-page report, filed in the Supreme Court on Monday morning, said Meiyappan, the son-in-law of BCCI president N. Srinivasan, had placed bets on IPL matches and shared confidential information. The report, however, says that more investigation is necessary against Rajasthan Royals owner Raj Kundra who is also facing charges of betting and match-fixing. Kundra is the husband of Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty. The Supreme Court will examine the panel's report on March 7. (Read: Justice Mudgal wants betting legalized)
The report was compiled after recording statements of players, journalists and officials associated with IPL. The committee was formed by the apex court in October last year. The details of the Mudgal report are expected to have a deep impact on the future of CSK and RR. As per IPL Governing Council's constitution, both CSK and RR face suspension. According to clause 11.3 of the IPL franchise agreement, if any official, team owner or anyone associated with the team tarnishes the image of the league, the franchise can be terminated immediately.
Meiyappan was designated as the Team Principal of CSK before being demoted when news of him being involved in illegal betting came to limelight. While defending him, Srinivasan said Meiyappan was a mere "enthusiast" and had nothing to do with CSK. Mudgal report clearly says Meiyappan was indeed the "face of CSK and a team official." (Also read: Aditya Verma moves Supreme Court against IPL players' auction)