Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the maverick of Indian cricket, the coolest cat, is under scanner like never before in his life or cricketing career. The Supreme Court today has said that any person involved with India Cements be kept away from the game. The prosecution represented by Harish Salve has said that Dhoni as an employee of India Cements, presented “conflict of interest.”
When the Mukul Mudgal committee was conducting it’s inquiry, Dhoni deposed before the one man committee. He can be held guilty of corrupt conduct because he knowingly gave incomplete, false information to the committee, the prosecution argued. The CSK team and India Cements has said that Gurunath Meiyappan is not a team official, but just an enthusiast who was always present. Mukul Mudgal committee findings deferred with the view.
The report clearly mentions that “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.” But, contrary to the statement, “We found that most people associated with cricket did say he was a team official… He was at the auction. We have concluded he was a team official and team officials are forbidden from betting.”
In a newspaper interview, Meiyappan has said that “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.”
The evidence clearly points out that Dhoni willingly downplayed Meiyappan’s role, under the circumstances, with the Mudgal committee report in hands, The Supreme Court might take a tough stand on Dhoni, just the way it had suggested that CSK and RR teams be dropped. Will this spell the closure of Dhoni era? Another 24 hours might answer these questions.