Panel Indicts CSK Too in Fixing Scandal
The Supreme Court-appointed committee to probe the Indian Premier League fixing scandal on Monday said Chennai Super Kings (CSK) official and BCCI president N Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan was involved in betting and passed on team information, although his role in match-fixing needs further investigation. After speaking to the police, cricketers, journalists and BCCI officials, the committee concluded: “Meiyappan formed an integral part of CSK and most persons viewed him as the face of the team. Though the de-jure ownership vests in India Cements, the committee finds that Meiyappan was in fact acting as a team official if not the defacto owner of CSK.”
The report went into great details and spelled out various sections Meiyappan violated. It didn’t exonerate CSK either and said: “The franchisee owner of CSK is responsible for failing to ensure Meiyappan had complied with the BCCI Anti-Corruption Code, IPL Operational Rules, IPL Regulations and hence the franchisee’s actions are in violation of Section 4.4.1 of the IPL Operational Rules and Clause 11.3 of the franchises agreement.”
Although CSK were yet to come out with an official reaction, they are expected to deny Meiyappan’s involvement once again and their chances of surviving in the IPL will depend on how successfully they do that. All will, however, depend on what stand the Supreme Court takes.