NEW DELHI: Justice Mukul Mudgal on Tuesday welcomed the decision of Sundar Raman to step down as the Indian Premier League Chief Operating Officer amidst investigation into the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal and said that he should have resigned sooner.
“Since the court had directed investigations against him, maybe he should have resigned earlier. But now he has resigned it was the right thing to do because the court is investigating his role in the IPL,” said Mudgal, who headed a three-member committee appointed by the Supreme Court to investigate the allegations of IPL spot-fixing in October 2013.
The 43-year-old embattled cricket administrator, who is accused of wrongdoing in the spot-fixing scandal, will leave the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday.
The Mudgal committee submitted its final report a year later before the apex court had set up a three-member panel headed by former Chief Justice of India RM Lodha to determine appropriate punishments for Meiyappan, Kundra and their respective franchises.
Expressing satisfaction with the ongoing investigation, Mudgal said “It is going on in the right way. The Lodha committee is looking into measures to suggest changes in the memorandum of the BCCI.”
Earlier this year, the Supreme Court had appointed CBI superintendent of police Vivek Priyadarshi to head the investigating team that is assisting former chief justice RM Lodha in determining the role of BCCI official Raman in the IPL spot fixing scam.
In a sensational verdict, the three-member Supreme Court appointed committee found Chennai Super Kings (CSK) official Gurunath Meiyappan and Rajasthan Royals (RR) co-owner Raj Kundra guilty, and imposed life suspensions on the duo in July.
The committee also suspended Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals from participating in the IPL for a period of two years.