CHENNAI: The Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) has urged the Supreme Court to make the Mudgal Commission report on betting and spot-fixing in last year’s IPL public. In a statement, the association said it wants people to identify the villains “hiding behind curtains”.
Appearing for the association not recognised by BCCI, lawyer Harish Salve on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court to disclose the full investigation report. He also produced IPL accreditation documents, claiming that they show Gurunath Meiyappan is team principal of Chennai Super Kings. After Meiyappan was accused of betting, his father-in-law N Srinivasan denied he had any role to play with the team and described him merely as an “enthusiast” which caused a stir.
Petitioner Aditya Verma said he was looking forward to the report being made public. “In the court today, the BCCI opposed our move to make the report public. If they have nothing to fear, then why are they afraid of putting the report in public domain,” said Verma, who has refused to comment on who is funding his battle, after Lalit Modi said it was him.
“In the court today, we were able to establish that Srinivasan was only trying to protect the interest of CSK and his son-in-law. Our counsel has submitted documentary evidence to prove Srinivasan’s son-in-law Maiyappan was a team official. It is a matter of shame that he has been reported by the Mudgal Commission for indulging in betting,” Verma added.
A day earlier, the Supreme Court had asked Srinivasan to address the question of conflict of interest as head of BCCI and also the Chennai franchise of IPL, putting his future as cricket administrator in jeopardy, while telling the ICC chairman that he should not consider findings of the Mudgal report as a clean chit.