On 8th October 2013, the Supreme Court ruled that a panel should be convened in order to investigate the spot fixing allegations from May 2013. The panel that was created to run an independent investigation was headed up by the former judge, Mukul Mudgal. The credibility of cricket, and more specifically the credibility of the IPL has been cast under a shadow since the spot fixing scandal broke last year.
The panel was looking into the allegations that were made against Gurunath Meyappan. Meiyappan was accused of being in touch with bookmakers, and passing on information to the bookmakers at the time of the Indian Premier League in 2013.
Meiyappan is the son-in-law of N Srinivasan, the chief of the BCCI, who was recently named as the chairman of the International Cricket Council. Srinivasan, whose cement company owns the Chennai Super Kings cricket franchise, had said that his son-in-law had not been involved in the day to day running of the cricket team. The report has advised the Supreme Court to further investigate this issue.
The charges that have been leveled against Meiyappan include breach of contract, forgery, criminal conspiracy, and sharing team information to those who were most likely bookmakers.
There have already been a number of arrests that resulted in those who were arrested being charged in court for various crimes that were connected to the illegal betting and spot fixing that took place during the IPL last year.
The 170 page report was given to the court, and included in the report, it read: “Roots of corruption and malpractices have crept in deep into the game of cricket, more particularly the IPL, and are seeping into the game at an alarming rate.”
Although answers are still being sought, the Supreme Court has allowed the player auctions for the IPL7 to continue as planned.