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IPL: CSK, Rajasthan Royals suspended for two years

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New Delhi: Indian Premier League (IPL) teams Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) were on Tuesday banned 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 verdict, read out by Justice Lodha in the presence of the other committee members, said that the cricketers who were part of the two IPL teams were free to join any IPL team they wanted.

The Supreme Court on January 22 had set up the committee comprising former Chief Justice of India R.M. Lodha, former Justice Ashok Bhan and former Justice R. Raveendran to determine appropriate punishments for Meiyappan, Kundra and their respective franchises.

In March, the panel had also issued showcause notices to Meiyappan and Kundra seeking their reply on the quantum of punishment.

Meiyappan is the son-in-law of former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president and current International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman N. Srinivasan. Kundra is a businessman who is married to Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty.

Lodha also said the fate of IPL COO Sundar Raman, who is also alleged to have involved in wrongdoing, is yet to be ascertained as the investigation regarding him is still going on.

Lodha said the committee, which was supposed to form a guideline for the smooth administration of BCCI, will formulate such a guideline in “due course of time”.

(IANS)

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IPL Betting scam, Arbaaz Khan to be Inquired by Police

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IPL betting scam, Arbaaz khan interrogated by police. Flickr

Bollywood actor and producer Arbaaz Khan was summoned for investigations and interrogation into the ongoing probe in the Indian Premier League (IPL) betting case, other bollywood celebrities are also in the suspect list, a Mumbai police official said here on Friday.

Arbaaz, younger brother of superstar Salman Khan, has been asked to appear before the Thane crime branch’s Anti Extortion Cell (AEC) on Saturday, said Police Inspector Rajkumar Kothmire.

The summons were issued to Arbaaz after prominent bookie Sonu Jalan alias Sonu Batla — who reportedly has links with various mafia dons, including absconding Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar — was arrested sometime ago and interrogated by the AEC sleuths in connection with the IPL scam, he added.

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“The case investigations are going on since the past five-six years and could involve amounts of over Rs 500-600 crore. We want to find out from Arbaaz what was his role and how much  he is involved in the entire matter,” said Kothmire who is probing the matter.

The 50-year-old actor-producer’s cropped up during Jalan’s interrogation and recovery of some photographs which include other major film personalities who may be subsequently summoned, he indicated. Thane police arrested Jalan in the Kalyan court during his meeting to other accused.

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Arbaaz Khan. flickr

According to Kothmire, the entire IPL betting scam involves some of the biggest bookies operating from Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and New Delhi.

Jalan was first nabbed around 10 years ago when the IPL betting scam had erupted, According to reports Jalan has an international racket and most of its clients are in South Africa and later investigations proved he was in touch with several world famous personalities, including Arbaaz, though it is yet not confirmed that whether Arbaaz has direct connectios with the scam or not. (IANS)

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