IPL Corruption : Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals banned for two years

IPL Corruption : Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals banned for two years

IPL Corruption : Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals banned for two years

Written by Staff Writer

14 Jul, 2015 | 4:44 pm

The promoters of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals have been suspended for two years from the Indian Premier League by a Supreme Court-appointed panel headed by former Chief Justice of India Rajendra Mal Lodha, that inquired into the huge betting scandal that has rocked Indian cricket.

The panel also proposed that Royals co-owner Raj Kundra and Gurunath Meiyappan of Super Kings be suspended from all cricket related activities for life.

The IPL is the richest of the world’s Twenty20 cricket leagues. Top Indian and international players take part each spring.

Chennai Super Kings are led by India skipper MS Dhoni, while the Royals are led by the Australian batsman Steve Smith.

Correspondents say that Tuesday’s developments will come as a blow to the eight-team league and raise questions about how the Indian cricket board, which runs the tournament, will find replacements to fill the two empty places. Failure to find replacements would lead to considerable loss of revenues for the league.

Its notable that CSK have reached four finals, winning in 2010 and 2011. The Royals won the inaugural tournament in 2008.

Top ten developments, 

1) The panel has also suspended Gurunath Meiyappan of CSK and Raj Kundra, who owns the Rajasthan Royals, for life from all cricketing activities.The conpany which promotes the team is owned by former cricket board chairman N Srinivasan, who is also the father-in law of Gurunath Maiyappan.

2) The panel said both Mr Meiyappan and Raj Kundra, who is the husband of actor Shilpa Shetty, had violated the anti-corruption code by betting regularly.

3) He also said, “Kundra placed bets through a known punter and he introduced him to a bookie. He brought disrepute to BCCI and IPL and acted contrary to the spirit of the game.” Rajasthan Royals is promoted by Jaipur IPL in which Raj Kundra and Shipla Shetty are partners.

4) Justice Lodha said today that it is for the Board of Control for Cricket in India or BCCI to take a call whether Chennai Super Kings or Rajasthan Royals will be bought by another franchise.

5) CSK and Rajasthan Royals and also Mr Meiyappan and Mr Kundra, can appeal against today’s verdict to a two-member Supreme Court bench of Justice TS Thakur and FMI Kalifulla.

6) The IPL scandal erupted in May, 2013, when the Delhi Police arrested Rajasthan Royals players S. Sreesanth, Ankit Chavan and Ajit Chandila and charged them with spot-fixing matches in return for money. Actor Vindoo Dara Singh was also arrested and he alleged the involvement of Gurunath Meiyappan, who was arrested later on charges of betting, cheating and conspiracy.

7) A commission appointed by then BCCI chief N Srinivasan gave Meiyappan and Raj Kundra a clean chit, saying there was no evidence of wrong doing against them. Srinivasan said CSK team official Meiyappan was a “mere cricket enthusiast.”

8) The BCCI panel’s decision to let off Mr Meiyappan and Mr Kundra was challenged by Cricket Association of Bihar secretary Aditya Verma in the Bombay High Court. Srinivasan was charged with shielding his son-in-law and others. In July 2013, the Bombay High Court found the BCCI probe panel illegal and said the report was null and void.

9) In August 2013, the BCCI moved the Supreme Court challenging the Bombay High Court order. In October, the top court appointed the three-member Justice Mukul Mudgal committee to investigate, but not impose punishment. The BCCI was asked to cooperate in the probe.

10) The Mudgal panel submitted its report in February, 2014. It said Mr Meiyappan was the face of CSK and was involved in betting and sharing team information. It also said Mr Kundra participated in betting. In January this year, the court set up the Lodha committee to determine amount of punishment for them and their teams.

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