Monday, Sep 22, 2014

Surprising why Kundra’s statement wasn’t recorded under MCOCA

Posted: February 11, 2014 4:58 am

The Mudgal Report states that “there are materials on record to justify an appropriate investigation to ascertain the culpability of Mr. Raj Kundra and his wife Ms Shilpa Shetty, in placing bets as owner of a franchisee in IPL. Any such culpability on the part of the Kundras would fasten liability on the franchisee, Jaipur IPL Cricket Private Limited and it would be incumbent to ascertain such liability of the franchisee for purposes of appropriate sanctions under the Operational Rules and/or the Franchise Agreement”.

The Report also adds that “there seem to have been an effort made to cover up the involvment of Mr. Raj Kundra in betting.” The report makes it clear that Raj Kundra and Shilpa Shetty Kundra were owners of the Rajasthan Royals team as per the Franchise Agreement, accredited as such under the IPL Operational Rules and team officials within the meaning of the same rules. They would therefore be subject to the Code of Conduct for Players and Team Officials prohibiting betting -even through legal betting methods in other countries – in course of IPL matches. The report says that pending determination of the culpability of the Kundras they be suspended from participating in any activity of the BCCI including IPL matches.

According to the investigation conducted by Delhi Police, one Umesh Goenka had attempted to seek inside information from Siddhartha Trivedi, a Rajasthan Royals player. In a confessional statement recorded by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police, Goenka disclosed that he had placed bets on behalf of Raj Kundra through bookies in Jaipur.

Shilpa also bet: Goenka

Goenka also stated that Raj Kundra’s wife, Shilpa Shetty, had also placed bets through him. Both Kundra and Shetty are stated to have financial interests in the ownership pattern of the franchisee, Jaipur IPL Cricket Private Limited, which owns the Rajasthan Royals IPL team.

Goenka stated that he was informed by Kundra in 2012 that he intended to place large bets on IPL games. Goenka adds that Kundra introduced him to Puneet Pahwa, who Kundra described as a trusted bookie who could be used for placing huge betting amounts.

Rajasthan Royals player Siddhartha Trivedi, in a recorded statement made before the magistrate said he along with other players was introduced to Umesh Goenka by Raj Kundra. Trivedi stated that Goenka had asked him for information about team composition and later pitch conditions but that he refused. Trivedi stated that in one instance, Goenka told him that Kundra was aware of him asking Trivedi for these information.

In a statement recorded before Delhi Police, Kundra admitted to placing bets of less than 2 Lakhs on some matches in IPL 6 through Goenka.

This statement was subsequently sought to be withdrawn by Kundra. The report says that although Section 3 and 4 of the MCOCA were added in the case, Kundra’s statement was not recorded nor was any attempt made by the Delhi Police to have it recorded under provisions of Section 18 of MCOCA. After 20 days the matter was referred to the Jaipur Police continued…

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