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IPL verdict: Lodha committee bans CSK, RR for two years

Indian Premier League (IPL) will now have only six teams for two years as Supreme Court appointed Lodha Committee turned their verdict against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) and banned them for two years for betting, today.

In a breakthrough decision, the Lodha Committee banned Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra, the respective owners of CSK and RR for life from taking part in any action associated to cricket matches.

India Cements, which is the franchise owner of CSK owned by N. Srinivasan was suspended for two years with Meiyappan and Kundra facing a 5-year ban from participating in any cricket activities.

The ordeal commenced in June 2013 when Aditya Verma who is the secretary of the Cricket Association of Bihar, filed a Public Information Litigation (PIL) in Bombay High Court against BCCI’s investigation of Meiyappan and Kundra’s connection to betting as a way to escape charges.

The apex court appointed a three-member committee in October 2013 namely the “Mudgal Committee” that was head by former High Court judge, Mukul Mudgal to inspect the matter.

On November 3, the Mudgal committee submitted its final report in a sealed envelope to the apex court, which on January of this year declared that the claims on Meiyappan and Kundra are indeed true.

Supreme Court finally appointed another three-member team namely the “Lodha committee” headed by retired Chief Justice of India, RM Lodha to decide the fate of those guilty, further probe into the report of Mudgal committee and recommend ways to make BCCI’s working to be more transparent.

Any verdict on IPL COO, Sundar Raman who was also blamed for involvement in the betting scandal is yet to be declared.

“About Sundar Raman, we examined the material about him and we believe it requires further investigation,” Lodha said.

He added that Vivek Priyadarshi has been appointed by the apex court to probe into the matter and once he finishes scrutinizing the matter and submits the report, they will see what action will be taken against him.

This verdict only makes way for more such to come because the players whose names were submitted by the Mudgal committee are yet to know their fate.

The IPL scam goes back to 2013 when three Rajasthan Royals cricketers, S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila were detained by Delhi Police on charges of match-fixing on that edition of IPL.

Sreesanth and Chavan have been given a life-ban from playing cricket by BCCI with Sreesanth planning to make it big in the movie industry now with his debut movie “Big Picture.”


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