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WAY Guru & Raj had bookie links. Srini ignored a player's code violations

COO Sundar Raman knew a contact of a bookie, and had contacted him eight times in a season

NDIAN Premier League teams Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals face the prospect of being banned after their top officials Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra were indicted by the Mudgal probe committee for betting during year's tournament.

Sidelined BCCI president N Srinivasan, however, got major with the panel giving him a clean chit vis- a- vis betting and fixing, but it accused him of acting against a player involved in " infractions" despite being in the know of it.

its report submitted to the Supreme Court, the copies of which were released on Monday, committee, for the first time, confirmed the involvement of player.

accused Srinivasan of not taking action against the cricketer, it did not name, for violating Players Code of Conduct despite being aware of the infraction.

POSITIONS UNTENABLE Further, the committee found that chief operating officer Sundar Raman knew of a contact of a bookie and had contacted him times in one season. The decision on the action against Meiyappan, Kundra and Sundar Raman will now be decided by the Supreme Court.

Monday's revelations have unearthed more dirt regarding the rich but embattled league.

should also spell the end of road of Chennai Super Kings Rajasthan Royals, who have the IPL title three times between them. With top a top official and a co- owner involved in betting activities, there is no reason for these two teams to continue in the league.

COO of the competition being in touch with bookies also a body blow to tournament, and has no option now to step down.

The committee is the view that due the scientific evidence of voice matching and the testimony of security personnel, the finding about Meiyappan's betting activities and finding he was a team official stand confirmed". report, however, said there no evidence of his involvement in spot fixing, which was a serious offence.

Putting Meiyappan in further trouble, the report said " investigations have confirmed he was a team official of a franchise. He was frequently meeting Individual 2 ( not named) in his hotel room.

This strengthens the conclusion of the committee in its report dated February 2, 2014 that he was in close touch with Individual 2. The forensic report of the voice sample analysis further confirms his voice in the conversation with the person acting as a go- between, between this individual and bookies." In its first report, the panel had said Srinivasan was trying to ensure that Meiyappan, his son- in- law, got immunity after indulging in betting as mere " enthusiasts" cannot be punished for betting, but team officials come under the ambit of anti- corruption action.

Regarding Kundra, the report said he was in touch with bookies for betting and thus, by not reporting such contact, had violated the BCCI/ IPL anti- corruption code.

POLICE ACTION SUSPECT The committee also found that the investigation against Kundra was " abruptly and without reason" stopped by Rajasthan Police upon receiving the case papers from Delhi Police. The committee found that a friend of Kundra was a known punter. " The said punter has given a statement to the magistrate that he was placing bets on Kundra's behalf. He had introduced the punter to another bookie, who dealt with larger stakes.

The Mudgal panel's conclusion is a big respite for Srinivasan as its February report said the conflict of interest with Srinivasan being BCCI president and CEO of India Cements, while his son- in- law was under suspicion, was " serious."

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Date:Nov 18, 2014
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