Supreme Court appointed Lodha committee suspended former champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) from the Indian Premier League for 2 years on Tuesday as it presented its verdict on the spot-fixing and betting scandal that hit the T20 tournament in 2013. ICC chief N Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan and Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra were suspended from any type of cricketing activity for life after they were found guilty of betting in the 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.
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. The Committee also imposed sanctions including life suspensions for Meiyappan and Kundra from being involved in any cricket matches conducted by BCCI. The Comnmitte was constituted by the Supreme Court in January this year with terms of reference being to announve the quantum of punishment against Meiyappan, Kundra and the two franchisees.