IPL Spot Fixing Verdict: The RM Lodha-led committee, which also includes former judges Ashok Bhan and RV Raveendran, declared the ‘quantum of punishment’ on Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra as well as their respective IPL franchises, CSK and RR, with regards to the spot-fixing scandal on Tuesday.
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Big IPL Spot Fixing Verdict As it happened:
1331 hrs IST: The suspension to take effect from today
1326 hrs IST: Lodha panel proposes to suspend Rajasthan Royals too. For a period of two years
1321 hrs IST: Chennai Super Kings suspended for a period of TWO YEARS!
1316 hrs IST: Similar sanctions have also been imposed on Raj Kundra, co-owner of Rajasthan Royals for betting
1313 hrs IST: Meiyappan’s betting activities brought the game to disrepute and bad name to BCCI, IPL and cricket
1312 hrs IST: Meiyappan declared ineligible for participation in any cricket activities for 5 years
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1308 hrs IST: Lodha panel suspends Gurunath Meiyappan for life from any sort of cricketing activity
1258 hrs IST: The judges have reached the India Habitat Centre. Judgement shortly
1247 hrs IST: Ashok Bhan and RV Raveendran are expected to announce the quantum of punishment in some time from now
1246 hrs IST: The reporters are waiting for the judges at the IHC, New Delhi
In the spotlight:
Gurunath: In its report submitted on February 9, 2014, the Mudgal committee had concluded that Meiyappan was the face of the CSK team along with being a de facto owner. It also found that he was in constant touch with bookies and punters, and traced several calls between him and Vindoo Dara Singh where Meiyappan was proved to be placing bets on and against his team even while IPL matches were on.
Kundra: Raj Kundra was referred to as Individual No.11 by the Committee and was said to be in touch with bookies and that he was friends with a known punter, who had provided a statement that he had placed bets on behalf of the RR co-owner.
Sundar Raman: In its January judgement, the Supreme Court said that there were allegations against the IPL COO about having been in constant touch with Vindoo Dara Singh with records of 350 phone conversations between them during the 2013 IPL. The other allegation against Sundar Raman was failing to take any action against IPL franchise owners and team officials despite receiving information about their betting activities. The SC quoted from both the Probe Committee’s report as well as the findings of BB Mishra, a key member of the Mudgal committee.
Can CSK and Rajasthan Royals be terminated on Tuesday?
Yes, they can be. But only if the Lodha committee finds that the gravity of the misconduct indulged in by the persons (Meiyappan and Kundra) is grave enough for them to recommend the sternest action against the two franchises. If they were to do so, there are two separate clauses in the IPL Operational Rules that they can rely on.