CHENNAI: If the Mudgal Committee’s findings—most importantly the nature of charges against Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra—are anything to go by, the future of their respective franchises, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, looks imperilled.
The committee has found clinching proof against their indulgence in betting and more. Meiyappan’s voice sample was scientifically verified as his and he was found ‘acting as a go between individual two (whose identity is unrevealed) and bookies.’ He was also meeting the aforementioned individual two in his hotel room. They also busted the flimsy argument of several team officials that Meiyappan was only a “cricket enthusiast”. “Investigations have confirmed that this individual was a team official of a franchisee,” the report stated.
Hence, Meiyappan, by placing bets and maintaining close ties with bookies, has breached the IPL anti-corruption code and the IPL franchise rules (clause 11.3 c), which states that “if any official, team owner or anyone associated with the team tarnishes the image of the league, the franchise can be terminated immediately.”