CHENNAI: With speculations doing the rounds on the identity of Individual No 2 and 3, the Supreme Court is firm on not revealing their names. The bench maintained this would be against the November 15 order, as “it may damage reputation.” These two individuals featured in Monday’s arguments prominently.
The bench made this observation when the petitioner’s counsel Nalini Chidambaram pleaded the judges to reveal the names, speculated to be top cricketers. She reasoned the names should be made public, as it would be impossible to argue against Gurunath Meiyappan (Individual No 1) and N Srinivasan (No 13) and establish their connection without knowing the identity of Individual 2 and 3.
They also asked her not to assume names. Justice TS Thakur said since the Mudgal Committee had reported that Individual 2 was in frequent touch with Meiyappan, “the counsel could argue using that regular association.”
According to reports, the investigation team under top IPS functionary BB Mishra were clinical in dealing with players and extricated information regarding betting and fixing in the IPL. Some players even broke down during interrogation.
The names of players were given in a sealed envelope to the court, but there were frequent references to Individual 2 and 3 in the summary of the report. Individual 2, it says, was in frequent contact with Individual 1, while “Individual 13 and four others were aware of the violation of the Players Code of Conduct by Individual 3, but no action was taken against him by any of the aforementioned officials who were aware of this infraction.”
Srinivasan had rubbished the incident as “minor” in an affidavit on Friday, insisting that it had happened during Shashank Manohar’s time and wasn’t related to IPL.