WEB DSEK: The Indian Supreme Court committee headed by RM Lodha banned Rajasthan Royals co-owner, Raj Kundra and Chairman of ICC, Gurunath Meiyappan for life from any cricketing activity in an IPL spot-fixing scandal.
The SC has suspended Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals for two years in the verdict.
The 2013 IPL season was mired in controversy after police launched legal proceedings against several officials and cricketers, including former Test fast bowler S Sreesanth, for illegal betting and spot-fixing.
On May 16, 2013, Delhi Police arrested three Rajasthan Royals players – Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan – soon after their match in Mumbai over suspicions of spot-fixing.
Eleven bookies were also arrested, and days later, Gurunath Meiyappan of Chennai Super Kings. It constituted Indian cricket’s greatest corruption crisis and sparked off a series of events, the latest of which is the Lodha Committee’s report.
The first responses were by the BCCI, who set up two inquiries, one into the involvement of the players and another into the broader issues, including the possible involvement of the owners.
The ownership structure of Rajasthan Royals is set to change after Raj Kundra, the co-owner whose involvement in the IPL corruption scandal has been established, decided to offload his stake in the franchise, According ESPNcricinfo.