Supreme Court panel suspended Gurunath Meiyappan life from being involved in activities related to any type of cricket matches. Meiyappan was also declared ineligible for participation in any cricket activities for 5 years by the panel.
Meiyappan's betting activities brought the game to disrepute and bad name to BCCI, IPL and cricket, said the Justice Lodha panel.
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Similar sanctions have also been imposed on Raj Kundra, co owner of Rajasthan Royals for betting. SC panel proposed two-year suspension for India Cements, franchise owner of CSK, from IPL. Rajasthan Royals team also suspended for two years from IPL. The suspension to take effect from today.
Addressing the media after pronouncing their verdict, the three-member committee was asked whether they have contemplated action IPL COO Sundar Raman, who was also accused of wrongdoing.
Justice Lodha said it will be some time before his fate is decided.
"About Sundar Raman, we examined the material about him and we believe it requires further investigation. Vivek Priyadarshi has been appointed by the Supreme Court to look into it and he is examining the matter, we are awaiting his report. After that we will decide what will be the action," he said.
The committee said its observations with respect to the much-talked about conflict of interest in the BCCI would be given after completing interactions with various stakeholders of the game.
"Conflict of interest questions have been raised, once we complete the process of interacting with all the stakeholders, we will take a view on that. That exercise is not complete. This order is confined to determining the quantum of punishment to the two individuals and the franchises," he said.
"We have interacted with 40-45 people, we are yet to meet a few others. Once that is done we will decide what guidelines are to be given.
Our idea is to get inputs from all stakeholders. It is not confined to cricket administrators and politicians," he added.
He also refused to comment on the criminal cases pending against the suspended officials, saying, "No aspect touching criminal liability has been decided by us."
On whether the two franchisees would be allowed to participate in case their is a change in ownership, Justice Lodha that aspect is for the BCCI to decide.
"This question was brought to us. But the BCCI has to take a call and whatever the legal course is there, it is available. You must appreciate that we cannot address every aspect of the matter," he said.
Asked whether the committee took a considered view of the impact this ruling will have on the players attached with the two suspended franchises, Justice Lodha said the game is bigger than the individuals.
"Players will not be attached to a franchisee which has been suspended. We thought that if cricket is bigger than individuals then financial loss to players and franchises is not of significance," he said.
The IPL spot-fixing scandal broke out in 2013 when the Delhi Police arrested Rajasthan Royals cricketers S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila for allegedly indulging in betting and spot-fixing during the then edition.
This was followed by revelations that Meiyappan was also involved in the scandal along with Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra.
Meiyappan was eventually arrested on May 24 on charges of cheating, fraud and forgery.
The storm triggered by the shocking developments prompted the IPL Governing Council to appoint a three-member probe panel, including two former High Court judges, to investigate the allegations against Meiyappan and Kundra.
The panel gave a clean chit to the duo despite the police's firm assertion that they were involved in the scandal.
This was followed by the unrecognised Cricket association of Bihar filing a PIL in the Bombay High Court which ruled that the BCCI's probe panel was constituted illegally and
there was disparity in the evidence collected by it.
Thereafter, the Supreme Court issued notices to Srinivasan, BCCI, India Cements and Rajasthan Royals when the Board appealed against Bombay High Court's ruling.
In September that year, the BCCI slapped life bans on Sreesanth and Chavan even as the Board's disciplinary committee continues to hold back a decision on Chandila.
In October, the Supreme Court formed a three-member committee to investigate the scandal afresh within four months. The panel comprises former High Court judge Mukul Mudgal, senior advocate and additional solicitor general L Nageshwar Rao and Assam Cricket Association member Nilay Dutta.
The Mudgal panel concluded that there was evidence of wrongdoing against Meiyappan and Kundra. It went on to give the apex court a sealed envelope which had the names of
cricketers and administrators involved in the fraud.
However, the committee ruled that Srinivasan was not involved in either spot-fixing or betting but stated that he knew of an IPL player's involvement and chose to turn a blind
eye to it.
The Supreme Court then appointed a new three-member panel, headed by Justice Lodha, to decide punishment for Meiyappan and Kundra and their respective franchises declaring that the verdict "shall be final and binding upon the BCCI and the parties concerned".