NEW DELHI (AFP) – An investigation into corruption and betting scandals has exonerated world cricket chief Narayanaswami Srinivasan, clearing the way for his comeback as head of the sport in India, a court heard Monday.
Srinivasan, considered the most powerful man in world cricket, was among top officials probed by a Supreme Court-appointed panel looking into scandals last year in the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL).
“This individual was not involved in match-fixing activities. This individual was not involved in scuttling investigations into match-fixing,” the panel’s report said.
The panel, headed by former judge Mukul Mudgal, submitted its findings in a sealed envelope to the top court earlier this month but they were only released on Monday.
The report was expected to pave the way for Srinivasan to resume his position as head of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which was scheduled to hold elections later this month.
The court had barred Srinivasan from carrying out his duties as BCCI president until it delivered its final verdict, although it did not stop him from heading the International Cricket Council. He was appointed chairman of the world body in June.
The panel honed in on Srinivasan and three others including his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, who was the team principal of the Chennai Super Kings franchise.