Report clears ICC chief of corruption

A report submitted to the Supreme Court in India says N Srinivasan was not guilty of betting or fixing IPL games.

Srinivasan took over as ICC chairman in July [AFP]
Srinivasan took over as ICC chairman in July [AFP]

The suspended Indian cricket board chief N Srinivasan is guilty of failing to act against a player who violated a code of conduct, but not of spot-fixing or impeding investigations, a Supreme Court committee looking into corruption allegations in the IPL said.

The committee said the suspended cricket board president – also the ICC chief – was aware of the code violation, but failed to act, according to details of the report that have been made public.

“This individual (Srinivasan) along with four other BCCI officials was aware of the violation of the players’ code of conduct by individual 3 (name not disclosed), but no action was taken against individual 3 by any of the aforesaid officials who were aware of this infraction,” said the report.

The committee found Srinivasan’s son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings official Gurunath Meiyappan guilty of being in contact with illegal bookmakers.

The court also noted that Meiyappan’s role as a team official was not in doubt, refuting claims that he was just a “cricket enthusiast”.

Justice Mukul Mudgal’s committee report said also that Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra had been in touch with bookmakers and that IPL chief executive Sundar Raman had failed to report betting by Meiyappan and Kundra, despite knowing about it.

The case is due to come up for hearing on November 24.

Source : AP

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