New Delhi: Justice Mukul Mudgal, the head of the three-member panel which submitted a report on spot-fixing in last year’s Indian Premier League on Monday, said the reference to the involvement of six capped Indian players in betting and fixing must not be construed as the panel’s opinion.
Mudgal, former chief justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, said it was just the opinion of one of the panel members Nilay Dutta, a senior advocate.
Mudgal himself and another member of the panel L Nageswara Rao, also a senior lawyer, did not back it.
It has also emerged that there is a serious rift within the committee, not only on the role of players but also on the conclusion arrived on Chennai Super Kings team principal Gurunath Meiyappan.
The difference of opinions on crucial issues has resulted in filing of two inquiry reports. One signed by Mudgal and Rao, while a separate one has been presented by Dutta.
A bench headed by justice AK Patnaik, which was surprised to see two different reports, had asked “Is there a difference of opinion?” When asked, if the view regarding players’ involvement with the bookies can be construed as the panel’s view, Mudgal said: “No. I and another member have not even hinted it. We cannot make such reference without verifying it and based on mere allegations. I don’t even know from where the six names have come from”.
The report submitted by Dutta, a member of the Assam Cricket Association, said: “It appears names of six prominent Indian capped players are available in tapes in connection with dealings with bookies, while two of these prominent capped players have also been named by none other than a former president of BCCI”.
The court will take a final view on the reports on March 7, the next date of hearing. Regarding Meiyappan, senior members Mudgal and Rao excessively relied on telephonic conversations and concluded that his role stood proved as regards allegations of betting and passing on information. However, they said allegations of fixing required further investigation.
Dutta was of the opinion that it was premature to hold Meiyappan guilty.
“It would not be fair to come to a conclusive finding that voice in the tape is of Meiyappan. In the event of the tapes being found to be genuine, there can be no iota of doubt that Meiyappan was indulging in betting in IPL matches. The conclusion awaits a final determination in criminal proceedings where the tapes would be proved scientifically.”
Aditya Verma, secretary of Cricket Association of Bihar and the petitioner in the case, was opposed to Dutta being a member of the panel, as he was earlier associated with the IPL GC and had cited “conflict of interest”.
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