New Delhi: The Justice Mukul Mudgal report on corruption in IPL 2013, a portion of which was made public on Monday, is like a double-edged sword for suspended BCCI president N. Srinivasan. While the report clears him of match-fixing and betting, it still makes the damning charge that he was fully aware of violation by an IPL player but never took any action. The court has not named the player. (Top 10 developments)
Srinivasan, who is seeking another term as BCCI president, will not breathe easy till November 24, when the two-member Supreme Court special Bench comprising Justice TS Thakur and Justice FM Ibrahim Khalifullah, examines the Mudgal report once again. Srinivasan's future will depend on how the judges interpret the probe report. The grave charge that Srinivasan shielded a player, apart from his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, could scupper his aspirations in Indian cricket. Srinivasan will get an idea of the BCCI's mood in a working committee meeting in Chennai on Tuesday. (Also read: When Indian players broke down before Mudgal committee)
On November 10, when the BCCI counsel wanted the Bench to allow Srinivasan to contest elections, one of the judges had said Meiyappan, indicted for betting in Mudgal's first report furnished in February, was "close to the individual" seeking election. With the petitioner's counsel expected to aggressively argue the act of "cover up" by Srinivasan, the road to presidency is still full of thorns for the Tamil Nadu strongman.