In an alarming turn of events, the man charged with investigating corruption within the BCCI has withdrawn his initially scathing report.
Retired Justice Mudgal was appointed by the Supreme Court of India to investigate conflicts of interest, match fixing and corruption.
Justice Mudgal’s initial report concluded that at least 13 people, including BCCI President Srinivasan, his son in law and CSK manager Meiyappan, as well as IPL CEO Sundar Raman required further investigation.
It was important that I withdrew my report. Although factually it is correct, my report goes against the ‘spirit of cricket’.
Justice Mudgal went on to explain further.
I entered this process with the belief that a person’s office provides no entitlement for self gain for holding that office apart from normal salaries and the like.
This was clearly an error on my behalf.
This type of thinking stifles capitalism and is bad for the great country of India.
At this point, Justice Mudgal highlighted that the state of Bihar, who had issued the initial writ against the BCCI, was broke and had not paid his fee.
Srinivasan, Sundar Raman and even MS Dhoni have without doubt used their positions to line their pockets through means, that in the past, many would have been deemed as unsavoury.
However, after a recent chat with Srinivasan at the Supreme Court, I now believe it best to withdraw my report.
It has nothing to do with the new IPL franchise I was promised or the appointment of myself to the role of Vice President of Ethics at India Cements.
Justice Mudgal then asked that the press forward all further enquiries to the independent Ravi Shastri.
When asked to comment, Srinivasan said:
…. I have done nothing wrong. I have a clean chit.