The final Justice Mukul Mudgal report on the Indian Premier League spot-fixing and betting scam will not be available to the media, according to a Supreme Court order on Friday. The report, which is expected in August-end, will be submitted in a sealed envelope and can only be opened by the Bench hearing the case. The judges have asked for maximum caution against any 'leaks'.
The two inquiry reports which were submitted to the top court by Justice Mudgal's team on February 10 this year were made public through the media. Given the sensitive nature of the investigation - top cricketers as well as suspended BCCI president N. Srinivasan have allegedly been linked with the scam - the Supreme Court wants utmost confidentiality this time. A new Bench will hear the matter in first week of September, just days before the BCCI's Annual General Meeting.
In Friday's order passed by Justice AK Patnaik and Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla, there is a clear hint that players and officials were involved in the scam. On February 10, Justice Mudgal's panel had submitted a sealed envelope containing the names of 13 persons against whom there were unverified charges of corruption.