Gurunath Meiyappan, Raj Kundra banned for life; CSK, RR suspended for two years

Gurunath Meiyappan, Raj Kundra banned for life; CSK, RR suspended for two years

A Supreme Court-appointed committee, headed by former Chief Justice of India R M Lodha on Tuesday banned both Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra for betting in IPL.

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) team official Meiyappan and Rajasthan Royals co-owner Kundra were found guilty of betting in the 2013 edition of the Twenty20 cricket tournament.

The guilty duo were also suspended from any cricket related activity for a period of five years.

The committee suspended former champions Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals from IPL for two years.

“Rajasthan Royals team and Chennai Super Kings were also suspended for two years from IPL. Suspension to take effect from today,” Justice Lodha said.

The verdict, read out by Justice Lodha in the presence of the other committee members, said that the cricketers who were part of the two IPL teams were free to join any IPL team they wanted.

Meiyappan is the son-in-law of former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president and current International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman N. Srinivasan. Kundra is a businessman who is married to Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty.

Lodha also said the fate of IPL COO Sundar Raman, who is also alleged to have involved in wrongdoing, is yet to be ascertained as the investigation regarding him is still going on.

Lodha said the committee, which was supposed to form a guideline for the smooth administration of BCCI, will formulate such a guideline in “due course of time”.

The apex court had on January 22 held that the allegation of betting against Meiyappan and Kundra stands proved and set up the three-member committee of its retired judges, including Justices Ashok Bhan and R V Raveendran to determine the punishment for Meiyappan, who was the CSK team Principal and Kundra, co-owner of RR.

The apex court held that the allegation of betting against Meiyappan, son in law of former BCCI President N Srinivasan, and Kundra stands proved while the charge of cover-up against Srinivasan was “not proved”.

Under IPL rules, the franchise of a team can be cancelled if a team official indulges in any act that brings the game to disrepute.

Highlights:

Rajasthan Royals also suspended for a period of 2 years from IPL: Justice Lodha
CSK suspended from IPL for 2 years: Justice Lodha
Raj Kundra placed bets through a known punter, has been found guilty of misconduct: Justice Lodha
Meiyappan declared ineligible for participation in any cricket activities for 5 years: Justice Lodha
Similar sanctions have also been imposed on Raj Kundra, co owner of Rajasthan Royals for betting.
Gurunath Meiyappan suspended for life from being involved in activities related to any type of cricket matches: Justice Lodha
Meiyappan suffered Rs 60 lakh loss in bets : Justice Lodha
Gurunath Meiyappan was involved in betting, it was his bad luck that he made no profits: Justice Lodha
Gurunath Meiyappan violated basic rules of the BCCI: Justice Lodha
The fact that Meiyappan was integral part of CSK,he ought not to have indulged in corrupt practices: Justice Lodha
Any person who has true passion for the game will never be involved in betting: Justice Lodha on Gurunath Meiyappan

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