Justice Mukul Mudgal on Monday told CNN-IBN that match-fixing can't be totally eliminated and betting and gambling should be legalised to curtail fixing in the future. Talking to IBN18 Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai, Justice Mudgal said, "Betting should be legalised if we have to erase match-fixing."
N Srinivasan has always maintained that allegations against his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan were motivated and there was no truth in it, but Justice Mudgal said, "We have found that there was passing of information not necessary inside information and yes Meiyappan was the team principal and this is what most interviewees told us."
Cricket, like so many sports, has grown in the past decade in both reach and commercial value so there should be a transparency in it. "All cricket lovers of India will be happy if there is a transparency in the game and even BCCI would also like it the same way," Justice Mudgal added.
He also said that it is ironic that it happened in Rajasthan Royals with a person like Rahul Dravid heading the team. He said senior players like Sachin Tendulkar, Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, Venkatesh Prasad and Anil Kumble should advise youngsters against the malaise of match fixing.
Earlier in the day, the Justice Mukul Mudgal Committee in its report submitted to the Supreme Court on the Indian Premier League spot-fixing case said that some allegations against Gurunath Meiyappan are true. Former Chennai Super Kings team principal Meiyappan has been indicted for betting. The 170-page report, filed in the Supreme Court on Monday morning, said Meiyappan, the son-in-law of Srinivasan, had placed bets on IPL matches and shared confidential information.