New Delhi: The three players, whose names were inadvertently cropped up in the Indian Premier League spot fixing and betting case on Friday, have been cleared by the Mudgal committee, according to reports.
It's reliably learnt that no evidence of wrong-doings were found against them and therefore were not being questioned by the committee. All three of them played for Rajashthan Royals in the 2013 edition of IPL. And it's safe to assume that, without any evidence of wrong-doings, they have been effectively exonerated by the committee.
Yesterday, a Supreme Court bench comprising Justices T.S. Thakur and Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Khalifulla named seven individuals including former BCCI boss N Srinivasan, his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, Rajasthan Royals' co-owner Raj Kundra, and former IPL CEO Sunder Raman.
But soon, the bench ordered to struck off the names of players considering the sensitivity of the matter and the possible negative influence to their career.
The IPL spot fixing and betting scandal rocked the cricketing world in 2013 with Delhi Police arresting Shah's three Rajasthan Royals team-mates – S. Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan – in a midnight raid in Mumbai. Then, Mumbai police also unearthed betting links after they arrested Meiyappan and Bollywood actor Vindu Dara Singh.
Last October, the apex court had constituted the Justice Mukul Mudgal panel to investigate the spot-fixing and betting case in the case-rich IPL. The three-member panel led by Justice Mukul Mudgal, a retired Punjab and Haryana High Court judge, and has Additional Solicitor General L Nageswara Rao and senior advocate Nilay Dutta in the committee.
With agency inputs