SC slams BCCI, says Spot-Fixing Killing Glory of Cricket

New Delhi, Nov 24: The Supreme Court on Monday slammed the Board of Cricket Council of India (BCCI) while hearing the IPL spot-fixing and betting case saying, the cricket board is killing the game by allowing such things like spot-fixing and betting to happen.

Observing over the report submitted by the Mudgal panel, the apex court told the BCCI that the scandal has shaken the trust of common man and it is time to uphold the glory of the game.

The court blamed the ICC boss N. Srinivasan for trying to save his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan in the scam, asking him to come clean on the issue of conflict of interest by being board president and Chennai Super Kings owner simultaneously.

The court stated that Cricket should be played in true spirit and remain a gentleman's game. However, such fixing and betting are killing the game of cricket.

The court adjourned its hearing of the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot fixing case till tomorrow 2 p.m. It can be said that Tomorrow's verdict will be a benchmark for all coming generations, and will be in favour of the cricket.

During the proceedings, the BCCI reiterated the fact that N Srinivasan should be reinstated as the chief since there are no charges against him.

The Mudgal Committee, which had submitted its report on November 17 had said that N Srinivasan, along with four other BCCI officials, was aware of the violation of the Players Code of Conduct by a player mentioned as "Individual 3" in Mudgal report, but no action was taken by any of them.

The Justice Mukul Mudgal Committee, also came out with a severe indictment of IPL CEO Sunder Raman who it said knew of a contact of a bookie and had contacted him eight times in one season but did nothing about it.

Earlier, on 14th November, the SC had disclosed seven names that were probed by the Justice Mudgal Committee.

The big names included that of ICC boss N Srinivasan, his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, and Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra. Meiyappan had already been indicted following an incident where a Forensic Science Laboratory in Mumbai confirmed his voice samples in a tapped conversation with another accomplice Vindoo Dara Singh.

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