New Delhi, Aug 26;
The Mukul Mudgal committee will be meeting police investigators from Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai Wednesday in the Tamil Nadu capital before submitting what could be an interim report to the Supreme Court on the spot fixing and betting scandal that hit the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL).
Sources told IANS that Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) deputy director B.B. Mishra, a member of the Supreme Court-appointed committee, will be meeting investigating teams from the three cities.
The Supreme Court had set a deadline of August-end for submitting the report.
“We will meet police officials from Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai before finalising the full report. Since Delhi and Mumbai police were the first to expose the scandal, we have to take inputs from them on the pending cases before we could submit a report to the Supreme Court,” a member of the committee told IANS Tuesday on the condition of anonymity.
Delhi Police were the first to bust the scandal after they arrested three Rajasthan Royals cricketers — S. Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan — in a midnight raid in Mumbai.
Mumbai police also unearthed betting links after they arrested Gurunath Meiyappan, son-in-law of former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief N. Srinivasan, and Bollywood actor Vindu Dara Singh.
Justice (retd.) Mudgal told IANS that the committee would meet to decide whether to seek more time from the apex court to submit its report.
“We will meet Wednesday to decide whether we need more time. We have to go through all the investigation details before filing the report,” Mudgal told IANS.
Last week, the committee had released a statement saying that they have no intentions of interrogating any Indian cricketer in England since it may disturb the struggling team’s concentration.
But the committee is likely to seek more time as they want to grill some of cricketers after they come back and in the meanwhile submit an interim report.