Lifetime ban for Gurunath-Kundra, CSK-RR suspended for two years !

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New Delhi:  A Supreme Court-appointed panel suspended former champions Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals from the Indian Premier League for two years as it presented its verdict on the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal on Tuesday.

ICC chief N Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan and Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra were suspended from any type of cricket matches for life after they were found guilty of betting in the T20 tournament. Srinivasan was earlier restricted by the court from running for another term as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India owing to a conflict of interest. His company India Cements held a stake in the Chennai franchise.

“He (Meiyappan) is found guilty of betting, his conduct affected image of BCCI, the (T20) league and the game,” justice RM Lodha, who is heading the probe panel, said at a press conference on Tuesday.

“Raj Kundra was placing bets through a known punter and was constantly in touch with bookies,” Lodha added. “Rajasthan Royals have damaged the faith of BCCI and the sport, Mr. Raj Kundra is found guilty of misconduct,” he said.

Lodha was appointed head of the sentencing panel in January after the Supreme Court had found Royals’ co-owner Raj Kundra and CSK’s Meiyappan guilty of betting on the outcome of matches in 2013.

“Jaipur IPL team can’t shrink responsibility by saying Mr. Kundra acted in personal capacity,” justice Lodha said.

The committee also proposed to impose sanctions on India Cement’s franchise by suspending it from the league for two years. “No action was taken by India Cements against Mr. Meiyappan,” he said.

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