Meiyappan indicted for betting, cleared of match-fixing

The Justice Mudgal panel indicted International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman N Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan for betting during the 2013 season of Indian Premier League (IPL), but cleared him of the more serious charge of match-fixing.

The panel also put to rest the controversy about the status of Meiyappan, who reportedly claimed to be a mere cricket enthusiast and that he had nothing to do with IPL franchisee Chennai Super Kings, owned by Srinivasan's India Cements Ltd. “Investigations have confirmed that this individual (Meiyappan) was a team official of a franchisee,” said the panel.

In its conclusion, the panel found that he was in touch with a person who acted as a go-between with bookies. It, however, said, “No material is available on record to show that this individual is involved in match-fixing.”

Meiyappan's involvement in betting was “proved” in an interim report prepared by Justice (retired) Mukul Mudgal and Additional Solicitor General L Nageswar Rao in September. The panel's third member, senior advocate Nilay Dutta, had asked for conducting voice sample analysis, which later confirmed Meiyappan's role in betting, said the panel.

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