The much-awaited hearing on betting and spot fixing scandal in IPL will also be heard on March 25 when the Apex Court would take cognisance of its probe panel report indicting BCCI chief N Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan in the scam. Earlier, Lalit Modi expressed happiness after the BCCI conceded his victory in the Rajasthan Cricket Association presidential election but lamented the further delay in the official announcement of the result. (JPN/Agencies)
A bench headed by Justice AK Patnaik had said the case will be heard on non-miscellaneous day as the hearing would take time. It also agreed to consider contents of a sting operation which a news channel wanted to place before it on the scam.
The Supreme Court-appointed committee has said Meiyappan's role in CSK as the team official and his involvement in betting during the IPL matches stands proved.
The report of the committee, headed by former Punjab and Haryana Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal, however, said allegations of fixing against Meiyappan require further investigation and also left it to Supreme Court the issue of conflict of interest against Srinivasan, who heads India Cements that owns CSK.
"The role of Gurunath Meiyappan in Chennai Super Kings (CSK) as the team official stands proved and the allegations of betting and passing of information against Meiyappan stand proved," said the report of the committee presented to the Supreme Court had said.
"However, the allegations of fixing require further investigation," the committee, also comprising Additional Solicitor General N Nagehswar Rao and Assam Cricket Association member Nilay Dutta, had said.
The over 100-page report went into various issues like suspected involvement of six India-capped players in fixing, betting allegations against Rajasthan Royals owners and the need to bring discipline in players.
Under the Franchise Agreement and IPL's anti-corruption code, CSK runs the risk of facing disciplinary action including ban for the acts of Meiyappan, who was its Team Principal, for bringing the game into disrepute.
"The committee is of the view that the material on record clearly indicates that Meiyappan was the face of CSK and the team official of CSK," the report had said, while rejecting Srinivasan's contention that he was merely a cricket enthusiast.
The BCCI had told the Supreme Court that Modi will emerge as a clear winner in RCA polls but successfully opposed opening of a sealed envelope containing its results at a hearing before the apex court in New Delhi.
"I am surprised that BCCI seemed to know the result before anyone else and before the court even pronounced it. But extremely happy that they think I have won," Modi said.
The BCCI had urged the Apex Court to hear it before opening the envelope and declaring the result. The Court has now set March 4 as the next date of hearing on the issue.
"I am disappointed that yet again we have to wait for the results to be opened due to BCCI wanting more time to explain their stand on how they should be allowed to interfere with the democratic process. So I guess I will have to wait," Modi added.
The BCCI has been firmly opposing Modi's return to Indian cricket administration, with lawyers claiming that Rajasthan faces expulsion from the Board if Modi becomes RCA president. Modi had contested for the president's post in the RCA election held in Jaipur on December 19 and was widely expected to win.
The BCCI in September 2013 had imposed a life ban n the UK-based businessman for alleged irregularities when he headed the IPL from 2008 to 2010.
However, Modi was allowed to contest the elections on the basis of Rajasthan Sports Act, which does not recognize the BCCI ban.
The much-awaited hearing on betting and spot fixing scandal in IPL will also be heard on March 25 when the Apex Court would take cognisance of its probe panel report indicting BCCI chief N Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan in the scam.
Earlier, Lalit Modi expressed happiness after the BCCI conceded his victory in the Rajasthan Cricket Association presidential election but lamented the further delay in the official announcement of the result.