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IPL spot-fixing: Srinivasan gets clean chit, Raj Kundra indicted

NEW DELHI: Justice Mukul Mudgal Committee, which investigated the allegations of spot-fixing and betting in the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), has given a clean chit to sidelined BCCI president N Srinivasan on both counts.

However, the Mudgal report says that Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials were aware of Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan’s activities but they did not act on it. While exonerating Meiyappan of spot-fixing charges, the committee said that he was involved in betting.

The committee also says that the then owner of Rajasthan Royals Raj Kundra was in contact with bookies. The report gives a clean chit to sidelined BCCI president N. Srinivasan on both counts.

Regarding Meiyappan, the Mukul Mudgal committee said, “Investigations have confirmed that this individual was a team official of a franchise. He was frequently meeting individual 2 in his hotel room. This strengthens the conclusion of the committee ... that individual 1 was in close touch with individual 2.”

“The forensic report of the voice sample analysis further confirms the voice of this individual in the conversation with the person acting as a go between, between this individual and bookies. Consequently, the divergent in the two reports dated 8.2.2014 and 9.2.2014 about the voice sample belonging to this individual gets resolved and the report thus becomes unanimous about the betting activity of this individual.”