The BCCI has suspended Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra for allegedly betting on IPL matches. The board took this decision during its emergent working committee meeting on Monday. The BCCI also said that the two-member panel comprising Justice T Jayaram Chouta and Justice R Balasubramanian,who are probing similar charges levelled against Chennai Super Kings team official Gurunath Meiyappan,will investigate Kundra and his franchise.
“The Working Committee today decided to suspend Raj Kundra on allegations of gambling on IPL VI matches till the pendency of inquiry,” said Jagmohan Dalmiya,BCCI’s interim president. “Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar had grilled Kundra for 11 hours and he had admitted to gambling in IPL matches and also IPL CEO Sundar Raman has got a complaint from a closed source. I will not reveal the name of the source.”
Asked why Rajasthan hadn’t been suspended,Dalmiya said: “Obviously,Rajasthan Royals’ role in the whole issue is being looked into but without getting hold of the facts,we don’t want to frighten anybody.”
The Delhi police had claimed on Thursday that Kundra,who holds a 11.7 per cent share in the Rajasthan franchise,had confessed to betting on IPL games.
Im being made a scapegoat
Kundra,reacting to news of his suspension,said he had been made a “scapegoat.” “I am shocked and upset at the unilateral decision taken today by the BCCI and will fight the grounds of suspension,”
Kundra said in a statement. “All sorts of accusations were made against me without proof,by people in powerful positions. It is sad that without accurate facts,I am being made a scapegoat and put under trial by the media based on unproved claims.”
Kundra’s lawyer Majeed Memon,meanwhile,called the BCCI’s decision “shocking.”
“It is shocking to find that the BCCI has taken a unilateral decision without listening to Raj Kundra’s side of the story. The decision has been taken in haste and it is totally irresponsible. It violates the principles of natural justice,” Memon said. “The basic principle is they should have called Raj Kundra,questioned him and then handed him a show cause notice. But the BCCI did not do any such thing and only on the basis of reports in the media,they have taken a decision to suspend him. This is the most unjust and improper order.”
Memon said that Kundra would challenge the decision,and added that the Delhi police didn’t have any evidence against his client. “We will challenge the suspension order. But only after I see the order,we will decide how to go about it,” said Memon. “The Delhi police commissioner Neeraj Kumar has gone on record to say that the allegations of betting on Raj Kundra were unsupportive and uncorroborated. The police had no material against Kundra to book him. But BCCI’s ‘super court’ rushed to take a decision against him.”