Chennai Super Kings, the most consistent team in the Indian Premier League (IPL), and Rajasthan Royals were today suspended from the cash-rich cricket league for two years for betting activities of their key officials Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra during the 2013 season.
The punishment was handed down by a Supreme Court- appointed three-member committee headed by former CJI R M Lodha which held that the betting activities of the two officials, Meiyappan, considered the face of CSK owners, and Kundra, co-owner of Rajasthan Royals, have brought the game of cricket, BCCI and IPL into disrepute.
* Meiyappan declared ineligible for participation in any cricket activities for 5 years: SC panel
* Meiyappan’s betting activities brought the game to disrepute and bad name to BCCI, IPL and cricket: Justice Lodha panel
* SC panel proposes two-year suspension for India Cements, franchise owner of CSK, from IPL
* Similar sanctions have also been imposed on Raj Kundra, co owner of Rajasthan Royals for betting
* Rajasthan Royals team also suspended for two years from IPL. Suspension to take effect from today: SC panel
The Committee also imposed sanctions including life suspensions for Meiyappan and Kundra from being involved in any cricket matches conducted by BCCI.
The Committee was constituted by the Supreme Court in January this year with oits terms of reference being to announce the quantum of punishment against Meiyappan, Kundra and the two franchisees — India Cements Ltd, owner of CSK and Jaipur IPL, owner of Rajasthan Royals.