Harish Salve, one of the senior lawyers arguing the Justice Mudgal Committee report case before the Supreme Court, has claimed that India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is guilty of corrupt conduct because he gave false statements to the Mudgal Committee about Gurunath Meiyappan's role with the Chennai Super Kings.
Salve also said that: "Dhoni is an employee of India Cements and that leads to a conflict of interest."
The prosecution has also called for CSK to be suspended in the light of the allegations against Dhoni, which would be a huge blow for this season's IPL if that were to happen.
While Srinivasan’s defense was that Meiyappan was not the team principal but just a cricket enthusiast, the Mudgal committee demolished that argument by finding found conclusive evidence to state Meiyappan was be the de facto head of CSK.
“We found that most people associated with cricket did say he was a team official,” Justice Mukul Mudgal told Firstpost the day the report was released. “He was at the auction. We have concluded he was a team official and team officials are forbidden from betting.”
What Salve is referring to is an implication in the report that Dhoni was economical with the truth as well.
The report stated: "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.”
It is worth remembering that in a 2011 interview with the Hindu Business Line, Meiyappan said the following:
“Before every game, Dhoni, Fleming and I exchange our elevens at 5.45 p.m. (for the night matches).” And this: “Fleming and I spent countless hours in the lead-up to the auction. In the last three days, we conducted mock auctions, picked around 45 different combinations.”
That certainly sounds like Meiyappan had a lot to do with the cricketing affairs of CSK. While the report draws no conclusions about the nature of the testimony, it suggests either Dhoni or Meiyappan was not telling the whole truth about the nature of the latter's association with the team. The facts would indicate it is Meiyappan who is telling the truth, not Dhoni.
Now the prosecution has raised that issue with the Supreme Court, which if it is accepted as proved, is hugely damaging to Indian cricket, not just the BCCI.
At the time the Mudgal Committee report came out, Firstpost wrote about Dhoni's false statements. You can read that story here.
Also perhaps it needs to be noted that the investigation against Dhoni in his own conflict of interest case with Rhiti Sports simply was never conducted. (You can read more about that HERE).
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Updated Date: Mar 27, 2014 14:40:30 IST