Mudgal Panel’s “explosive findings” will damage reputation of Indian cricket

A number of members of the Mudgal Panel, including former India captain Saurav Ganguly, extended their stay in Delhi beyond the initial four days. All are believed to have signed an unanimous report, which was to be presented in a sealed envelope to the Supreme Court on Monday.

The report will be handed over by two prominent Delhi-based lawyers, Raju Ramchadran and Viduspat Singhania. While Ramachandran has been a Senior Advocate at Supreme Court and also a former Additional Solicitor General., he was appointed as the amicus curiae (friend of the court) by the Supreme Court of India to evaluate the report of the Special Investigation Team that investigated the 2002 Gujarat violence. Singhania has been assisting the panel since the day of its inception.

According to the sources in Delhi, there has been no separate report from Nilay Dutta this time. The original report which is ready for submission on Monday is shorter than the one which was submitted in February this year.

In February 2014, Nilay Dutta, the senior advocate and one of the three members of the panel (the other two were Mukul Mudgal and L. Nageshwar Rao) had a separate volume along with the original Mudgal panel report. However, this time there indeed is a separate report prepared by B.B.Mishra, another key member of the newly panel sanctioned by the Apex Court.

It is not known whether Mishra’s report too will be submitted to the Supreme Court but the contents of his findings are unlikely to be made public. On the basis of Mishra and his police team’s findings, the Mudgal Panel has finally prepared the short report.

“Mishra’s few findings done after extensive research are very explosive and it may damage the reputation of Indian cricket,” a source told us. “Mishra has interviewed so many players, officials, bookies and other people and their complete identities may not made public.”

Nilay Dutta issues notice

In the meantime, Nilay Dutta has challenged the recent media report which suggested he went to welcome the suspended BCCI president N. Srinivasan during later’s recent visit to Guwahati.

Speaking exclusively, he says, “I am not pagal (mad). Why would I go to receive him ? I didn’t meet Srinivasan. Notice has been issued and legal action will be taken if the false news is not retracted”.

Bipin Dani

A Civil Engineer by profession, Bipin is also a senior cricket journalist in India.
He has toured UAE, Sri Lanka, Morocco and Malaysia, to name a few, and contributes to a large number of newspapers in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
His twitter bio reads: Eat cricket stories, drink cricket stories, sleep cricket stories.

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