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BCCI may suspend Kundra

Raj Kundra,the co-owner of Rajasthan Royals who the police claim admitted to placing bets on IPL games,is likely to be suspended

Raj Kundra,the co-owner of Rajasthan Royals who the police claim admitted to placing bets on IPL games,is likely to be suspended at the Indian cricket board’s working committee meeting to be held in New Delhi on Monday.

The BCCI has already suspended Gurunath Meiyappan,the Chennai Super Kings official and board president N Srinivasan’s son-in-law,for alleged betting and the two-member commission that is probing the spot-fixing scandal will also put Kundra under the scanner,a top BCCI official said.

The board has formed an inquiry commission comprising two retired judges — justice T Jayaram Chouta and justice R Balasubramanian.

Though the Delhi Police have said that there is no evidence to charge Kundra for placing bets though a bookie friend,the BCCI has decided to go ahead with its internal probe.

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“The BCCI will conduct an internal inquiry on Kundra and like Gurunath he will be also suspended till the inquiry is completed. He won’t be involved in any cricketing activities. Two retired judges will do inquiry on Kundra too and will submit their report to BCCI,” a top BCCI official said.

After being questioned by the police,Kundra had tweeted: “ Rest assured I am not involved in any wrongdoings. Do not misconstrue silence 4 guilt. Truth will prevail.”

The Rajasthan Royals on Friday said through a statement that if Kundra was found guilty,he would be suspended and he would have to forfeit his shares.

“Raj Kundra is a minority (11.7%) shareholder,and he has no involvement in the running of the franchise. We believe that Mr. Raj Kundra is a law abiding citizen and would not act contrary to law,” the Royals statement said.

“If however,he is proven guilty,or has breached any regulations,he will be suspended,and he will also forfeit his shares. This is a strict governance procedure agreed to by all Rajasthan Royals shareholders,and it is consistent with our zero tolerance approach.”

The BCCI official said that Kundra will be called for questioning by the two-member commission and he will be “given a chance to clear his stand on the issue”.