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IPL 2013 spot fixing controversy: Catching up with the past

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Mumbai: Indian Premier League (IPL) teams Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) were on Tuesday suspended for two years by the Supreme Court appointed Justice Lodha Committee in the 2013 IPL betting and spot fixing scandal.

Former CSK team official Gurunath Meiyappan and Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra were suspended for life from any cricketing activity undertaken by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

The guilty duo were also suspended from any cricket related activity for a period of five years. They were earlier found guilty of betting in the scandal that rocked the lucrative Twenty20 tournament in 2013.

The following timeline traces the scandal that began with the arrests of three Rajasthan Royals players S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan.

May 16, 2013: Delhi Police arrest Sreesanth, Ankit Chauhan, Ajit Chandila, Sreesanth’s friend and alleged bookie Jiju Janardhan and 10 other bookies.

May 17, 2013: BCCI suspends former Rajasthan Royals player Amit Singh.

May 18, 2013: Ajit Chandila’s house searched by Delhi Police for more information on the spot fixing case.

May 20, 2013: Rajasthan Royals terminate contracts with the three accused players.

May 21, 2013: Mumbai police arrest actor Vindoo Dara Singh for his alleged links with bookies.

May 23, 2013: Mumbai police team searches Meiyappan’s residence in Chennai.

May 24, 2013: Mumbai police arrest Meiyappan on charges of betting, cheating and conspiracy. India Cements executive president T.S. Raghupathy says Meiyappan was neither the owner, nor CEO/team principal of Chennai Super Kings, only a cricket “enthusiast”.

May 26, 2013: BCCI appoints a three-man commission consisting of Justice T. Jayaram Chouta, Justice R. Balasubramanian and BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale to look into the betting charges against Meiyappan.

May 28, 2013: Rajasthan Royals trio Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan are sent to judicial custody in Tihar. Ankeet Chavan granted bail until June 6 for his marriage.

May 31, 2013: BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale and treasurer Ajay Shirke step down.

June 1, 2013: IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla resigns.

June 2, 2013: BCCI president N. Srinivasan steps aside temporarily, Jagmohan Dalmiya takes over as interim president.

June 5, 2013: Kundra is questioned by Delhi Police on the accused players.

June 10, 2013: Kundra suspended by BCCI for indulging in betting. Sreesanth and two others are granted bail by the court.

July 28, 2013: Two-member probe panel rules there is no evidence of any wrongdoing against Kundra, Meiyappan, India Cements and Rajasthan Royals.

July 30, 2013: The Bombay High Court rules the BCCI’s two-man probe panel as illegal, and asks how could it declare everyone innocent without even speaking to police.

August 1, 2013: The Bombay High Court dismisses the findings of the BCCI-appointed probe panel that gave clean chit to Meiyappan and Kundra on the PIL filed by Cricket Association of Bihar secretary Aditya Verma.

August 5, 2013: The BCCI moves the Supreme Court against the Bombay High Court decision.

August 31, 2013: The Supreme Court issues notice to BCCI, N. Srinivasan, his company India Cements – which owns Chennai Super Kings – and Rajasthan Royals on an appeal challenging the Bombay High Court order for not appointing a fresh committee to probe the alleged corruption in IPL.

September 13, 2013: Sreesanth and Chavan benned for life by BCCI while Amit Singh is banned for five years.

September 22, 2013: Mumbai police file charge-sheet against Meiyappan and umpire Asad Rauf based on incriminating evidence against them.

October 8, 2013: The Supreme Court appoints a three-member committee headed by former high court judge Mukul Mudgal.

February 10, 2014: The Mudgal panel finds Meiyappan guilty of betting and passing on team information during IPL 2013. The probe also adds that Meiyappan has been proved to be a team official of Chennai Super Kings.

March 28, 2014: The Supreme Court asks Srinivasan to step down as the BCCI president and names Sunil Gavaskar as the interim chief of the board for IPL-7.

April 16, 2014: The Supreme Court rejects Srinivasan’s request to return to the BCCI fold and reveals that his name features in the inquiry report submitted by the Mudgal Committee.

April 29, 2014: BCCI suggests a three-man committee to the SC to probe IPL scandal.

April 22, 2014: The SC asks the Mudgal Committee to investigate the IPL corruption issue.

May 22, 2014: The Supreme Court declines Srinivasan’s plea to be reinstated as the BCCI president for non-IPL affairs.

June 12, 2014: The SC allows Srinivasan to contest for the top ICC post, decline petition by Cricket Association of Bihar.

July 18, 2014: The Supreme Court relieves Sunil Gavaskar as interim president of BCCI – IPL affairs and says board vice-president Shivlal Yadav will continue in the interim capacity as chief of BCCI for all non-IPL related matters.

November 3, 2014: The Mudgal Committee submits its final report in the IPL corruption case to the Supreme Court.

November 10, 2014: The SC takes up the multiple reports submitted by the Mudgal Committee and postpones the hearing till November 14.

November 11, 2014: The Bombay High Court squashes the conflict of interest PIL against Srinivasan, filed by the Cricket Association of Bihar, challenging two amendments in BCCI rules allegedly to favour Srinivasan.

November 21, 2014: Srinivasan seeks reinstatement as BCCI chief.

November 27, 2014: The SC drops suggestions whether those named in the Mudgal Committee report could keep out of BCCI elections and the CSK franchise could be scrapped.

December 1, 2014: The SC says the onus is on disproving conflict of interest on Srinivasan.

December 9, 2014: The SC proposes a high-powered committee to cleanse cricket.

December 10, 2014: Srinivasan agrees to keep away from the IPL, seeks an SC nod for reinstatement as BCCI president.

December 17, 2014: The SC asks players and administrators with interests not to run the game and reserves order in the alleged betting and spot-fixing scam case.

January 22, 2015: The SC bars Srinivasan from standing for any post in the BCCI.

January 22, 2015: The SC sets up a three-member committee headed by former Chief Justice of India R.M. Lodha to determine appropriate punishments for Meiyappan, Kundra and their respective franchises.

July 11, 2015: The three-member panel says it will announce the quantum of punishment on July 14 for Meiyappan, Kundra and their teams – CSK and Rajasthan Royals respectively – for their involvement in the scandal.

July 14, 2015: Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals are suspended for two years by the Supreme Court-appointed Justice Lodha Committee. Former CSK team official Gurunath Meiyappan and Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra are also suspended for life from BCCI related activity.

(IANS)

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Will the exciting lineup of new IPL Players get to play in the 2019 Cricket World Cup?

The bench strength looks impressive, but it has to be tested sooner than later.

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When will the exciting IPL stars get a chance if others are allowed to consolidate their positions playing at home? Pixabay

-by Veturi Srivatsa

New Delhi, October 23, 2017 :
 So much of cricket is being played around the world — Tests, One-Day Internationals and Twenty20s. The so-called pecking order is going for a toss with each passing series.

India, who got to the No. 1 position in the One-Day Internationals after beating Australia, vacated it for South Africa who went up beating Bangladesh.

Bangladesh are still playing in South Africa, Sri Lanka in the Gulf, home of Pakistan, and New Zealand are in India for a series each in the two shorter formats. Australia are getting ready for the Ashes and the South Africans will be looking forward to settling a score with India.

Every international side is seriously looking to the 2019 World Cup, building their core component, or is it rebuilding with less than two years for the mega event. Some top cricketers around the world are happy playing in the shorter formats to prolong their careers and with an eye on the pay packages.

There was a time good Test cricketers used to move into the One-Day format on the strength of their technique and fitness. Players now look to get into the Test squad on the weight of their performance in the ODIs. Both the players and the selectors are striking a blance between the long duration domestic cricket and the Twenty20 Indian Premier League (IPL).

India are going through a peculiar renaissance of sorts. Players who are thought to be indispensable not long ago are being rested, rotated and dropped whichever way one wants to take the selectors’ and team management’s perspective.

Not one or two players, practically the entire Test attack is banished to domestic cricket. Ravichandran Ashwin, Ajay Jadeja, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav are playing in the ongoing Ranji Trophy just to keep them in the loop. Jadeja is, with a vengeance, scoring hundreds and taking wickets.

The captain and chief coach Ravi Shastri seem to be calling the shots. Virat Kohli, like his predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni, is slowly seeing the back of senior cricketers who he feels are slow coaches in the field, Jadeja being the exception. Both Jadeja and Ashwin had to go out for their inability to take wickets in the middle-overs on a regular basis.

Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav and legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal are providing the variety in the attack and importantly they are taking wickets bowling at any stage of the match. Axar Patel is doing the backup job. If Ashwin and Jadeja are in consideration for 2019, then they should also get to bowl a lot of overs before their fate is decided once and for all.

If there are four players good enough to open the innings, none of them is being considered for a middle-order position. Actually, Lokesh Rahul is the man the team management wants to keep him in the squad. He also prefers to open the innings and he just couldn’t adjust at No.4 behind Kohli. Hardik Pandya was tried at four and looked good in one match and then he became a floater, pushing Dhoni up and down.

Ajinkya Rahane continues to be a stop-gap opener, getting an opportunity whenever Rohit Sharma or Shikhar Dhawan are out through injuries. Strangely, he is not seen as a middle-order bat after an impression was created that he cannot rotate the strike, though it was during his early years in international cricket.

The other middle-order slots are now with Kedar Jadhav and Manish Pandey, both have good performances and the powers that be think the two should to be nursed, particularly Jadhav who is not only a handy bowler but also a decent wicket-keeper in an emergency. Rahul is another who keen keep wickets. Amazingly, the squad to play New Zealand has a regular wicket-keeper, Dinesh Karthik as a batsman. He is also seen as a contender for the No.4 position.

Kohli continues to be the man to hold both the top order and in the middle, more so while chasing. His record is amazing going into his 200th match on Sunday against New Zealand in Mumbai. He has 12 hundreds more than Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly who had 18 each at the very stage of their careers.

Kohli’s faith in Dhoni as his onfield consultant gives a totally different connotation to captaincy. None of the Fab Four or Five ever looked demonstrably carrying the side as Dhoni looks today. The arrangement is working out perfectly fine. The two are pulling the the youngsters in the side with them to give them confidence.

When will the exciting IPL stars get a chance if others are allowed to consolidate their positions playing at home? When will Rishab Pant, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Iyer, Nitish Rana or someone like all-rounder Washington Sundar and fast bowler Mohammad Siraj get a look in?

The bench strength looks impressive, but it has to be tested sooner than later.

(Editorial note : This article has been written by Veturi Srivatsa, a senior journalist and was first published at IANS. The views expressed are personal. He can be reached at sveturi@gmail.com)

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Lalu Yadav is Shamelessly Corrupt and a Fake Secular

The author Gaurav Tyagi asserts that Lalu’s party RJD, should be disbanded and a life ban should be imposed on Lalu plus his kin from pursuing political careers. Read on to know why!

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Does Lalu Yadav portray himself as the ‘messiah’ of Muslims by aligning with fundamentalist Muslim preachers? Wikimedia


– by Gaurav Tyagi


New Delhi, September 5, 2017 : 
26th July witnessed a big political drama in India, when Nitish Kumar, the C.M. of Bihar submitted his resignation.

The government in Bihar was a coalition of three political parties; Nitish Kumar’s JD(U), Lalu Yadav’s RJD and Congress.

Nitish was back in the C.M’s chair, the very next day due to the support extended to his party, JD (U) by BJP to form the government in Bihar.

The coalition of the aforesaid three parties thereby collapsed, which annoyed Lalu Yadav, the head of RJD a lot.

Lalu Yadav hijacked the plank of secularism to indulge in blatant corruption and promote his family in politics.

Secularism implies the principle of separating government institutions as well as politicians from religion and religious figures. In India the meaning of secularism has entirely been altered by politicians like Lalu, who openly woo Muslim fundamentalists from Mosques and waste government funds in order to appease them.

Lalu keeps on harping upon keeping Muslims safe in Bihar. Maintenance of law and order is the foremost task of any elected government, what’s the big deal in it?

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Lalu’s politics involves developing vote banks from his caste comprising of Yadavs and Muslims.

He portrays himself as the ‘messiah’ of Muslims by aligning with fundamentalist Muslim preachers and gangsters like Shahbuddin.

Lalu never addresses the root cause of poverty and backwardness among Indian Muslims.
It is largely due to the community shunning of mainstream educational institutes and going to worthless madrasas, (Muslim religious schools) which primarily focus on students, rote learning of the Muslim holy book; Koran.

In the absence of modern knowledge, madrasa graduates are unable to improve their material prosperity and face the challenges of contemporary society.

The Ulemas or the Islamic scholars’ regressive attitude is reflected in the following statement of Maulana Samiul Haq, of the Haqqania madrasa, a prominent Deobandi madrasa; “Young minds are not for thinking. We catch them for the madrasas when they are young, and by the time they are old enough to think, they know what to think.”

Fake seculars like Lalu would never tell Muslims to study in proper schools because an educated Muslim can easily decipher the tricks played by such politicians.
A large number of illiterate or madrasa brand Muslims suit Lalu because then by showing the fear of BJP and Hindus, these Muslims can be easily turned into vote banks for his political party.

CBI, ED and other government agencies recently conducted large number of raids on Lalu and his family. They discovered Billions amassed by this so called ‘champion of oppressed’.

Lalu accumulated large number of farm-houses, land holdings, companies etc. in the name of his family comprising of his illiterate wife and 9 children; 7 daughters and 2 sons.

Both his sons, Tejashwi Prasad Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav, are school drop-outs. The former was the deputy CM of Bihar with various ministerial portfolios, while the latter was the Health Minister of the province in the coalition government.

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Tejashwi Prasad Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav at a public event. Twitter

Lalu was declared guilty by the courts for his lead role in the Bihar fodder scam worth thousands of Crores. Lalu Yadav was jailed for 135 days in 1997 but he was lodged in a Bihar Military Police guest house with all comforts.

Before his incarceration, Lalu installed his uneducated wife Rabri Devi as the C.M. of Bihar. Lalu was jailed on various other occasions for his involvement in the aforementioned swindle.

Every time, Lalu was put in prison, he received 5 star hotel facilities and got bail easily. Lalu continued being the de facto C.M of Bihar by inducting his wife as the rubber- stamp C.M. of Bihar.

He was finally sentenced to a 5 year jail term in October 2013 by a special CBI court.
Instead of being in a jail, he is again out on bail, busy in enriching and establishing his progeny in politics.

A poster for Lalu Yadav’s political rally in Patna on Sunday, 27th August depicted one of Lalu’s foolish son as Lord Krishna while the other buffoon is shown as Arjun. Lalu’s daughter and Rajya Sabha M.P, Misa Bharti is depicted as the famous freedom fighter, Rani of Jhansi; Lakshmibai. Lalu and his wife Rabri are blessing their children in this poster.

What a mockery of historical and religious characters.

Lalu is saying that he and his family are being victimized. These utterances constitute ‘heights of shamelessness’.

Lalu indulged in blatant corruption and misuse of office for personal gains. On getting exposed he started parroting; this is a conspiracy of BJP and law would take its own course.

These terms in India mean that court cases would drag for 20-30 years. The politician will die but the court proceedings would still remain pending.
Classic example is Jayalalitha, the court cases against her were continuing since, 1996 but the final judgment was passed in 2017 after her death.

Lalu’s son, Tejashwi Prasad, the Ex-Deputy C.M of Bihar was a member of IPL cricket team, Delhi Daredevils for 4 years from 2008-2012.

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During these 4 years, Tejashwi didn’t play a single game for Delhi Daredevils.

Which sporting team in the world would keep such a useless player in its squad?

Delhi Daredevils is owned by GMR group. This business house must be investigated, as to what were the compelling reasons behind continuous retention of this trash cricketer, who wasn’t competent to play even a single game during 4 seasons.

What were the financial benefits given to Tejashwi? Did the GMR group receive concessions from Lalu Yadav in exchange for keeping his son in Delhi Daredevils team? These are serious issues and need further investigations.

Misa Bharti, eldest daughter of Lalu Yadav is a Rajya Sabha M.P. She topped the MBBS examination of Patna Medical College Hospital during the late 90’s.

Misa never excelled in her classes, either at school or college. At her convocation, the presenter of the degree requested her not to treat any patients ever.

Lalu through his clout in Bihar first got her admission into MBBS and then deceptively made her a topper.

Misa Bharti after topping her MBBS studies and obtaining her medical degree did not work as a Doctor even for a single day, neither did she start her own medical practice.

This is humbug Lalu Yadav, the ‘self- styled’ protector of Muslims and ‘self- declared’ skipper of the Indian opposition political parties, comprising of so called secular forces but in reality just corrupt family controlled political dynasties.

Lalu and his political clan should be imprisoned for at least a minimum period of 10 years with provisions of no bail plus hard labor in the jail.

All undeclared properties; including land parcels, bank accounts, commercial businesses, residences etc. unearthed by the authorities during raids on Lalu and his family must be confiscated by the central government.

Lalu’s party RJD, which is nothing more than a corrupt family enterprise should be disbanded and a life ban imposed on Lalu plus his kin from pursuing political careers.

An exemplary example needs to be made of this corrupt, Lalu so, as to deter other existing as well as budding ‘Lalu Prasad Yadavs’, abounding in the Indian political system from Kashmir to Kanyakumari.

 

– The author is a Master Degree holder in International Tourism & Leisure Studies from Netherlands and is based in China.

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Supreme Court to hear Pleas challenging Article 35A after Diwali, which talks about Special Rights and privileges of Permanent Residents of Jammu and Kashmir

Article 35A talks about special rights and privileges given to only permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir

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The Supreme Court of India. Wikimedia
  • The plea said that the special status which people of Jammu and Kashmir enjoys should be canceled
  • In 1954 by a Presidential Order, Article 35A was added to the Indian Constitution
  • The Plea has also challenged a particular provision of the Constitution which denies the right over the property to a woman who marries someone who is from outside the state 

New Delhi (India), August 25, 2017: After Diwali, the Supreme Court of India will hear pleas which challenge the Article 35A, the article talks about special rights and privileges given to people who are permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir.

Supposedly, the date decided for the hearing of pleas was August 29 but both the Centre and state government of Jammu and Kashmir wanted 4 weeks’ time in order to file their replies respectively, due to this reason the hearing has been postponed to a later date.

The plea said that the special status which people of Jammu and Kashmir enjoys should be canceled.

The Supreme Court was earlier in favor of hearing the case by a constitution bench consisting of 5 judges if the Article 35A is ultra vires (beyond one’s legal power or authority) of the Indian Constitution or if there is any sort of procedural lapse (defective execution of work).

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The meaning of Article 35A as per Constitution is that the article gives the right to the state legislature of Jammu and Kashmir to call them permanent residents of that state and also give those (permanent residents) some special rights and privileges whereas by article 370 a special status is given to the state- Jammu and Kashmir.

In 1954 by a Presidential Order, Article 35A was added to the Indian Constitution. According to ANI report, “It also empowers the state’s legislature to frame any law without attracting a challenge on grounds of violating the Right to Equality of people from other states or any other right under the Indian Constitution.” This is the kind of power that this Article holds.

This Article was dragged into controversy after a 2nd plea, was filed by a lawyer and former member of the National Commission for Women Charu Wali Khanna. In her plea, she challenged Article 35A of the Indian Constitution and also Section 6 (talks of permanent residents of the state) of the Jammu and Kashmir Constitution.

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The Plea has also challenged a particular provision of the Constitution which denies the right over the property to a woman who marries someone who is from outside the state. This provision which leads the woman to lose rights over property is also applied to her son.


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