SC observation follows indictment of Gurunath Meiyappan in betting by inquiry committee
Chennai Super Kings is all set to be forced out from the Indian Premier League. According to media reports, the Supreme Court, in an observation on Thursday, has said that the team should be disqualified from the IPL following the indictment of one of its officials, Gurunath Meiyappan by the Mudgal committee on charges of betting.Meiyappan, the son-in-law of suspended BCCI President N Srinivasan was cleared by the committee on match fixing charges.
N Srinivasan is also facing Supreme Court scrutiny on conflict of interest with the top court demanding share holding pattern of India cements, the cement company that owns CSK. Srinivasan is the managing director of India Cements.
Last Friday, India Cements had told the Supreme Court that any action against it would have disastrous consequences for the cash-rich Twenty20 tournament.
If any orders are passed against India Cements it could have "disastrous consequences not only for this respondent (India Cements) but also for the entire league, the cricketers involved, third parties such as sponsors, apart from millions of fans, Chennai Super Kings being arguably the most valuable and popular team in IPL," India Cements said in its response to the Mudgal Committee report.
Mudgal Committee inquired into the allegations of match fixing and betting on the direction of the apex court and had submitted its final report Nov 1. The committee, in its report, said that Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan was involved in betting while exonerating him of spot fixing charges.
The committee described Meiyappan as a "team official" of CSK.