Did Dhoni, Srinivasan misrepresent facts to save Meiyappan?

Updated: Feb 11, 2014, 09:46 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Serious doubts are being raised over the deposition of Indian cricket board president N Srinivasan, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the India Cements management that Gurunath Meiyappan was not a team principal, only a cricket enthusiast with Chennai Super Kings, in the Justice Mukul Mudgal Committee report submitted to the Supreme Court.

The Committee, investigating spot-fixing and betting in the Indian Premier League (IPL), has reported that allegations of betting and passing of information against Gurunath Meiyappan stand proved.

This puts to risk the future of the IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings. Meiyappan was the face of Chennai Super Kings, says the report while rejecting N Srinivasan`s contention that he was merely a cricket enthusiast. The team may attract provisions of termination clause under the Franchise Agreement which says that any franchisee, franchisee group company and/or any owner acts in any way that has adverse affect on the reputation of the League, BCCI/IPL, BCCI and the game of cricket.

Retired Judge Mukul Mudgal in his report to the Supreme Court said that Dhoni, Srinivasan and his company India Cements took the stand during the inquiry of the betting and the spot-fixing scandal in the Indian Premier League (IPL) that Meiyappan, who is the son-in-law of Srinivasan, had nothing do with the cricketing affairs of Chennai Super Kings.

But in his due course of the probe, Mudgal found out that Meiyappan made it out to the world that he was indeed the team principal of Chennai Super Kings. Mudgal in his report has indicted Meiyappan of being involved in the betting scandal in the IPL.

"Representatives of India Cements, who appeared before the Committee, contended that Mr. Meiyappan had no share holding in India Cements and hence cannot be considered as an owner of CSK (Chennai Super Kings). Further, Mr. M.S. Dhoni, Mr. N. Srinivasan and officials of India Cements took the stand that Mr. Meiyappan, had nothing to do with the cricketing affairs of Chennai Super Kings and was a mere cricket enthusiast supporting CSK," said Mudgal in his report.

Mudgal during his probe found that Meiyappan "held out to the world at large as the Team Principal/ Team Owner of CSK."

"However, while conducting its probe the committee sought to ascertain from various persons it had interacted with, as to what was the role and position of Mr. Meiyappan in CSK.

"It came to light that Mr. Meiyappan would be with the team (CSK) during the practice sessions, would be present during team meetings, at the auction table, in the owners dug out, participated in the IPL owners meet, travelled with the team, participated in the IPL owners workshop representing himself to be the owner of CSK and held out to the world at large as the Team Principal/ Team Owner of CSK," he said.

With Agency inputs