Corruption in the IPL

BCCI suspends Kundra pending inquiry

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June 10, 2013

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Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra arrive at the hotel for the IPL auction, Bangalore, January 8, 2011
Raj Kundra [left] cannot associate himself with Rajasthan Royals or any BCCI-run events until he is cleared by the two-man probe committee © AFP

Raj Kundra, the Rajasthan Royals' co-owner, has been suspended by the BCCI pending the inquiry into alleged corruption in the IPL. The suspension means Kundra cannot associate himself with BCCI-run cricket events, or the Royals franchise, in any way until the results of the probe are in.

The decision was taken at an emergency meeting of the BCCI's working committee in Delhi on Monday. It is similar to the decision taken with regard to Gurunath Meiyappan of Chennai Super Kings, who was arrested on charges of betting.

Kundra, however, said he would contest the board's decision. "I am shocked and upset at the unilateral decision taken today by the BCCI and will fight the grounds of suspension," he said in a statement. "I further clarify that this is my view and is not related to any other share-holders or owners of Rajasthan Royals."

Kundra, who Delhi Police says has allegedly confessed to betting on IPL matches, owns an 11.7% stake in Jaipur IPL Cricket Pvt Ltd, the parent company of the Royals franchise. He admitted to betting when questioned by Delhi Police in a 12-hour session last week. The police had subsequently retained Kundra's passport, but he was not detained or arrested. Kundra later released a statement saying that he had done nothing "for which I need to have any regrets", and indicated on Twitter that the media had "misconstrued everything".

A two-man commission, comprising two retired Tamil Nadu High Court judges, is currently looking into the allegations of corruption against Gurunath and the parent owners of Super Kings and Royals. Jaipur IPL Cricket Pvt Ltd was initially included in the because of the arrest of three Royals players for alleged spot-fixing last month. Now Kundra, too, will be investigated by this two-man commission.

Royals, in a statement, had said they would suspend Kundra and force him to forfeit his shares if he was proven guilty following investigations. The franchise had said in the statement that Kundra was only a "minority shareholder", and was not involved in the running of the Royals.

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Posted by ARIF3011 on (June 11, 2013, 5:12 GMT)

My personal opinion is that any form of gambling is bad and should not be allowed. But in the essence of current topic, the Horse racing is the centre of betting at various locations in India, all happening as 'official' (and legal) sport, and all big stars go and put their money with a hope of multiplying it. Casinos are run under licence issued by government. So how one can say that betting is illegal in India? We must look at 'betting' and 'fixing' in different perspective. Owners of RR and CSK are found doing these two different thing so should not be treated using same yardstick.

Posted by Surajrises on (June 10, 2013, 12:39 GMT)

BCCI is fooling people to say the least. Lets be honest, they are not gonna scrap both CSK & RR because it would be their loss in the end. Because once these two top teams are scrapped, why would the brands and the advertisers look at IPL as a mode of advertising??? Very simple.. Once the advertisers back out so would the broadcasters and that would be it for IPL and BCCI...

Posted by   on (June 10, 2013, 11:44 GMT)

Posted by vsroc on (June 10,2013) Interim decision taken by BCCI is wise pending in respect of Raj Kundra,pending finalisation of the probe.

Posted by MJ1234 on (June 10, 2013, 10:43 GMT)

Suspension from what? This is like telling a kid 'Do not watch TV until your exams are over.' Eye wash of the worst kind.

Posted by ciphernzilch on (June 10, 2013, 10:15 GMT)

@Sekar Sathiyanathan: In Meiyappan's case, police have the evidence to arrest him. But in case of Kundra, it's Delhi police's word against Kundra's. They do not have any evidence against him. No court will issue an arrest warrant without sufficient evidence. They seem to be same but they are not.

Posted by Knightriders_suck on (June 10, 2013, 9:36 GMT)

The guy put his money where his mouth is. He bet on his team to win. legally not right but not fixing.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2013, 9:31 GMT)

"Gurunath Maiyappan of Chennai Super Kings, who was arrested on charges of betting" and "Kundra, who Delhi Police says has allegedly confessed to betting on IPL matches" I find both are same cases and i still don't understand why kundra was not arrested were in Maiyappan was arrested in a hurry on the eve of CSK's final???????? Does some one has any answer????

Posted by Kashi0127 on (June 10, 2013, 9:08 GMT)

@satishchandar Does not make any difference. First of betting is also an offense in India regardless of difference in degree with regard to fixing. Second as a team owner, he has no business betting and its exactly like Insider Information Case. Its hard to convince the world that he did not attempt to use the knowledge gained from being an owner of RR. It might also be perceived that he could have influenced some of the cricketers and to use Dhoni's words RR had some players who were "more mentally weak than others"

Posted by satishchandar on (June 10, 2013, 8:50 GMT)

@Romain Khan : Just my view, there is huge difference between fixing and betting.. Betting is a individual offense which is a crime based on the national law. Fixing is something which actually taints the game. Let us not confuse and mix both together..

Posted by   on (June 10, 2013, 8:23 GMT)

Somehow I recall this guy tweeting his displeasure over Sreesanth and co. How ironic.

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