CoA Asks Supreme Court To Reveal Names Of Nine Cricketers Named In Sealed Envelope
Vinod Rai-led Committee of Administrator (CoA) have asked the Supreme Court to reveal the names of those nine cricketers who were suspected of match and spot-fixing. The names of those players remain with the Supreme Court in a sealed envelope.
The CoA asked for the names in its report submitted to the apex court as a reply to the writ petition filed by Atul Kumar. The CoA asked the court to take: “Action against those named by the Justice Mudgal Committee in its report which is currently in a sealed envelope with the Hon’ble Supreme Court. This will send a strong message to all and act as a deterrent.
The spot-fixing case had rocked the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2013. Delhi Police had later arrested three Rajasthan Royals cricketers – S. Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan – in a midnight raid in Mumbai. Then, Mumbai police also unearthed betting links after they arrested Gurunath Meiyappan, son-in-law of former BCCI chief N. Srinivasan, and Bollywood actor Vindu Dara Singh.
And what about the accused 13 names in Lodha report?? No one wants to know about it?i will keep fighting for my right..God is great ??✌??
— Sreesanth (@sreesanth36) October 17, 2017
The Mudgal Committee submitted a list of 13 names to the Supreme Court in a sealed envelope in November 2014. But Raj Kundra, Rajasthan Royals co-owner, Gurunath Meiyappan, N Srinivasan and IPL COO Sundar Raman were the only four names to be named from the envelope. While Kundra and Meiyappan were slapped with life bans, N Srinivasan and Sundar Raman were given clean chits.
It has been four years but the other nine names have still not been made public.
Former IPS officer B B Misra, who was part of the Mudgal panel, revealed that he could not conclude the investigation due to lack of evidence.
“Yes, I was investigating a lead that I got about a top India player being in touch with a bookie. However, I didn’t have enough evidence,” Misra told PTI.
“Let me clarify time was never an issue as Supreme Court was very co-operative and had we sought more time, we would have got that. But since the bookie in question didn’t part with evidence, I had no option but to stop investigations,” Misra added.
Misra also said that he is ready to share all his investigative leads with the BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit chief Ajit Singh.
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