IPL Spot Fixing Conclusion :The committee led by RM Lodha, which includes former judges Ashok Bhan and RV Raveendran, declared the ‘quantum of punishment’ on Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra as well as their respective IPL franchises, CSK and RR, with regards to the spot-fixing scandal on Tuesday.
In a judgment by former Chief Justice of india “Lodha”, the committee further suspended for life former BCCI president N. Srinivsan’s son-in-law and IPL team Chennai Super Kings’ official Gurunath Meiyappan and former Rajasthan Royals part-owner Raj Kundra from involving with BCCI in any cricket matches.
The two team officials found guilty of betting by the Supreme Court were also suspended for a maximum 5 years from taking part in any cricketing activities. Both suspensions will be in effect from Tuesday run concurrently.
Justice Lodha made it clear in the judgment that his committee’s mandate was to safeguard the purity of the game.
He said the judgment reflects the “institutionally firm” position of the committee to protect the paramountcy of purity of the cricket. It said the controversy had shaken the foundation of cricket. It was later known that, “Meiyppan had lost Rs.60 Lakh in betting.”
Reading out the operative part in the judgment concerning Meiyappan first, the committee said he acted in gross violation of the anti-corruption code and IPL Operational Rules. It said Meiyappan ignored the fundamental sporting imperatives as a team official.
The judgment said Meiyppan lost Rs. 60 lakh in betting, which showed his heavy betting habits.
It said that at age 40, Meiyappan cannot say that he did not know the impact of his doings and the injury it caused to cricket.
The Lodha Committee judgment said the betting activities of Meiyappan and Kundra had such adverse impact and immeasurable harm on BCCI, IPL and cricket that any given cricket game is viewed with general distrust and raises doubts of illegality.