The Justice Mudgal Committee submitted its interim report to judges on Friday in a sealed envelope in New Delhi to a bench headed by Justice TS Thakur at the court. The court will discuss the contents on Monday. The committee has sought two more months to complete investigations, the next hearing of the case will be on September 1. This committee had been tasked by the Supreme Court to probe allegations of spot-fixing and illegal betting in the Indian Premier League. The apex court had given the committee a deadline to end of August to submit the report.
The interim report was submitted following the court’s instruction in May that the investigation around the IPL allegations be completed within two months. The chances are very high that the court hearing on September 1 could focus on the question of granting a possible extension to the probe committee based on any findings to date.
Delhi Police arresting three Rajasthan Royals cricketers – Ankeet Chavan and S. Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila – in a midnight raid in Mumbai. After then Mumbai police also unearthed betting links after they arrested son-in-law of former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief N. Srinivasan,Gurunath Meiyappan, and Bollywood actor Vindu Dara Singh.
The Mudgal committee, led by Mukul Mudgal , former High Court judge, was ordered by the Supreme Court in last October to investigate the fixing allegations that arose during the IPL’s 2013 season. The Mudgal committee had submitted its findings in February this year in a report that included a sealed envelope, to be seen only by the judges, with the names of 13 people who according to the committee should be further investigated.
In Month of May this year the court gave the panel greater powers to investigate the contents of the sealed envelope and the three-member committee was given the support of police officials and investigating officials. Former India legend, Sourav Ganguly, also was involved in the panel earlier in June and the panel has been given the power to investigate, require attendance of witnesses, examine witnesses, search and seize and all other authority necessary for investigation except the power to arrest.
The report concluded that M Gurunath, Srinivasan’s son-in-law and the erstwhile team principal of the Chennai Super Kings, could be guilty of illegal betting on IPL games. The Chennai Super Kings are owned by India Cements, whose managing director is Srinivasan. Srinivasan, who was forced to step down as the head of the BCCI by the court in March, is now chairman of the International Cricket Council.
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