इंडियन आवाज़     05 Dec 2023 11:19:58      انڈین آواز

IPL Spot-fixing: Meiyappan, Raj Kundra banned from all cricket activities

Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals suspended

AMN / /

A panel appointed by Supreme Court of India has suspended two top Indian Premier League teams for two years over a corruption charges in game.

The Committee, headed by former Chief Justice R M Lodha has pronounced the quantum of punishment against Chennai Super Kings Gurunath Meiyappan for betting during the IPL-8 season. Reading the verdict, Justice Lodha said Gurunath Meiyappan is suspended for life from being involved in activities related to any type of cricket matches.

Chennai Super KinMeyappangs and Rajasthan Royals have been found guilty in an illegal betting and match-fixing probe.

The panel also suspended Royals co-owner Raj Kundra and Gurunath Meiyappan of Super Kings from all cricket-related activities for life.

The IPL is the richest of the world’s Twenty20 cricket leagues.

Top Indian and international players take part each spring. Chennai Super Kings are led by India skipper MS Dhoni, while the Royals are led by the Australian batsman Steve Smith.

Meiyappan has also been declared ineligible for participation in any cricket activities for five years. Justice Lodha said the fact that Meiyappan was integral part of Chennai Super Kings, he ought not to have indulged in corrupt practices. He said Meiyappan’s betting activities brought the game to disrepute and bad name to BCCI and IPL.

Similar sanctions have also been imposed on Raj Kundra, the co owner of Rajasthan Royals for betting. Raj Kundra has been found guilty of misconduct. Justice Lodha said Rajasthan Royals have damaged faith of BCCI and the sport. Rajasthan Royals team has also been suspended for two years from IPL. The Suspension will be effective from today.

The Supreme Court panel also proposed two-year suspension for India Cements, the franchise owner of Chennai Super Kings from IPL.

The apex court had on 22nd of January this year held that the allegation of betting against Meiyappan and Kundra stands proved. It also formed the three-member committee of its retired judges, including Justices Ashok Bhan and R V Raveendran to determine the punishment for Meiyappan and Kundra.

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