IPL – Indian Punters League

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Indian Premier LeagueThe Supreme Court appointed R M Lodha committee recommended suspension of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals from the Indian Premier League for two years from immediate effect as Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra were found guilty of betting on IPL matches in 2013.

Announcing his verdict, Justice Lodha, former Chief Justice of India who was heading a three member panel said Meiyappan was involved in betting and tarnished the game. The panel revealed that Meiyappan had suffered a loss of Rs 60 lakh while betting on IPL matches in 2013 season. He has been suspended for life from taking part in any cricket related activities. Meiyappan’s conduct affected the image of BCCI, IPL, the players and others associated with the tournament, added Justice Lodha.

On Raj Kundra he said, ‘Raj Kundra is also suspended for life from being involved in any activities of the BCCI. After investigation it was found that Raj Kundra was placing bets through punters. Rajasthan Royals have damaged the faith of BCCI and the sport, Raj Kundra has been found guilty of misconduct. Raj Kundra is a first time offender but his misconduct has brought disrepute to the game.”

The panel imposed upon Kundra the same sanctions as those imposed upon Meiyappan.

On the other hand, former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi in his several tweets after the ban was imposed described the two-year suspension of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) as the “first honest decision taken on Indian cricket”. “Lodha committee report is just the first step. It is not an end but has to be taken as a starting point, he wrote.

“Great outcome for justice and integrity. No surprise first honest decision on Indian cricket and it comes from outside the BCCI,” he added.

“CSK and Rajasthan Royals have got away with lighter punishment – they should have been banned completely and not merely for 2 years,” he twitted.

“BCCI cover up failed only because the courts intervened. Is this the way a public body should have functioned. Shame,” he said.

On the way ahead for the IPL without the two teams, Modi wrote: “BCCI needs to sell it via a proper, transparent bidding process to the highest bidder – rather than Srini’s proposed scam trust group.”

He further said N Srinivasan, father-in-law of Meiyappan, had no right to continue as ICC Chairman.

“There should be not even a days delay in this happening. The Icc rules clearly state it. Wake up all members,” he wrote.

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