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CSK, Royals suspended for two years from IPL

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Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were suspended from the Indian Premier League for 2 years for the betting activities of their key officials Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra during the 2013 season.

Meiyappan was the former Team Principal of CSK and Raj Kundra is the co-owner of the Rajasthan Royals were suspended for life for involving in betting and bringing the IPL and the game into disrepute.

The Supreme Court of India appointed a three member committee headed by former Chief Justice of India R M Lodha on January 22, 2015, gave the punishment.

The verdict given by the Lodha Panel is:

  • Both are declared ineligible for participation in the sport of cricket as explained in the anti-corruption code for a maximum period of five years under article 2.2.1.
  • Both are suspended for life from activities as explained in article 7.5 under level 4.
  • Both are suspended for life from being involved in any type of cricket matches under section 6, rule 4.2.

IPL 2013 corruption scandal

  • In 2013 Indian Premier League spot fixing and betting case came into lime light when the Delhi Police arrested three cricketers, Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, on the charges of spot-fixing. They were part of Rajasthan Royals in 2013 IPL.
  • Also, Mumbai police arrested Vindu Dara Singh and Gurunath Meiyappan for alleged betting and having links with bookies.
  • Raj Kundra when questioned by Delhi Police confessed betting and consequently he was suspended from IPL by the BCCI.