IPL Spot-Fixing: Probe panel wants to meet Guru, Kundra

'They will all be given an opportunity to explain themselves in person by the commission'

Bangalore: The panel of two judges instituted by the BCCI to look into allegations of betting and related activities in the Indian Premier League had its first meeting on Friday.

Justices T Jayaram Chouta and R Balasubramaniam interacted with Professor Ratnakar Shetty, the BCCI's general manager (game development), at the ITC Gardenia on the framework and logistical modalities of conducting the probe.

The panel sought more information from the involved parties - Chennai Super Kings team principal Gurunath Meiyappan and Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra.

"The procedures that the (enquiry) commission should follow and the rules and regulations were discussed. Explanations from the three parties, Gurunath Meiyappan, owners of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were sought. They will all be given an opportunity to explain themselves in person by the commission,” said Shetty.

Shetty has also said that BCCI has handed over all the documents. He said the judges are yet to make a timeframe. The four cases under probe are against Gurunath, India Cements, Kundra and Rajasthan.

This season's IPL was beset by an explosion of betting-related controversies, beginning with the implication of three Rajasthan Royals players – S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan – in spot-fixing to evidences of betting by Meiyappan and Kundra, both of whom held major stakes in their respective franchises.

The direct involvement of his son-in-law Meiyappan compelled Board president N Srinivasan to first belittle his role in the franchise by calling him merely 'enthusiastic'. But Srinivasan later decided to 'step aside' until the probe's conclusion.

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