The contents of a sealed envelope, submitted by a Supreme Court-appointed inquiry committee, will be under much focus when the apex court starts hearing the findings of the Justice Mukul Mudgal committee on Tuesday morning. The committee probed allegations of match-fixing and betting in the Indian Premier League last year and submitted its reports to the Supreme Court on February 10.
The two-judge bench of Justice AK Patnaik and Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla will also hear arguments over the probe committee report that has already indicted Chennai Super Kings' Gurunath Meiyappan, the son-in-law of Board of Control for Cricket in India president N. Srinivasan, for betting and divulging team information. Rajasthan Royals team co-owner Raj Kundra is also under the scanner for betting.
With the seventh edition of the IPL all set to start in the United Arab Emirates on April 16, it remains to be seen if the Supreme Court cracks the whip on erring team officials who have put the cash-rich T20 league into disrepute. According to the tournament's franchise owners' constitution, both Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals could face expulsion. But the confidence in which the BCCI has gone about planning for this year's IPL, it seems past champions Chennai and Rajasthan are in 'safe' zone.