Corruption in the IPL June 6, 2013

Raj Kundra confesses to betting on IPL matches

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Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra has confessed to betting on IPL matches, including matches involving his own team, Delhi's police commissioner has said. Kundra and his friend and business partner Umesh Goenka were called in for questioning by the Delhi Police at their Special Cell office, which lasted 12 hours.

"Raj Kundra has confessed to betting," Neeraj Kumar, the Delhi Police commissioner, told reporters. "He would place bets through Umesh Goenka, who is a bookie." Kumar also confirmed to The Hindu newspaper that Kundra and Goenka's passports had been impounded in order to, "ensure that they are available to join the probe as and when found necessary."

Later in the day Jagmohan Dalmiya, appointed to run the BCCI's affairs, said the board's working committee would discuss the issue at its meeting on Monday.

Kumar's statements came a day after the police interrogated the two intensively.The questions pertained to the operations of the Rajasthan Royals team, ownership patterns, security measures and processes in place. Goenka made a statement before a magistrate which can be treated as evidence in court, while Kundra submitted a written statement in front of a police officer.

Though Goenka doesn't have anything directly to do with the Royals management, he and Kundra, who bought a 11.7 per cent stake in the Royals ahead of IPL's 2009 edition, are partners in a steel business unit.

According to PTI, Goenka's name cropped up during Royals' bowler Siddharth Trivedi's statement in front of a magistrate at the Delhi Police special cell last week. Trivedi, the report said, had told the magistrate that Goenka had sought information related to team formation from him.

SN Srivastav, special commissioner of police, Delhi Police special cell told news channel CNN-IBN that Kundra had told interrogators that "he had lost a lot of money on betting, but we need to verify that. We are not taking everything at face value."

When asked why Kundra was allowed to leave, Srivastav added: "Our focus of this case is fixing and not on betting. At this stage, the evidence we have against RK and Goenka is that of betting. We are still in the process of collecting more evidence. And we'll take a call as we proceed."

Following the questioning, Kundra lashed out at the media via his twitter account for its coverage of the story. "Good morning woke up to news raj kundra faces the heat. yes it's very hot in Mumbai. Media has misconstrued everything using unreliable sources. Try speaking to the Main guys at crime branch. Why does media hype things and make such stupid claims to sell news. Is there an arrest warrant? I am back home in Mumbai. Kindly let Delhi crime branch do their work. media stop using derogatory statements," he tweeted.

The interrogation was part of the investigation into the arrests of three Rajasthan Royals players allegedly for spot-fixing during the Indian Premier League's sixth edition. The arrests of S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were followed by those of several bookies and Chennai Super Kings' team management member Gurunath Meiyappan, son-in-law of BCCI chief N Srinivasan who was later released on bail.

It was followed by former BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale, who had signed the tripartite player contracts involved between the BCCI, franchises and players and IPL chief operating officer Sundar Raman visiting the Delhi police headquarters for providing requisite information.

The corruption scandal has overshadowed the on-field performance of Rajasthan Royals during the sixth edition of the IPL, which concluded on May 26. The Royals finished third this season, their first top-four finish since their triumphant campaign in IPL's inaugural edition in 2008. Since the 2008 triumph, Royals have been embroiled in various controversies.

The team - owned by a consortium of four business conglomerates - was often accused of having been given by soft corner by founding chairman Lalit Modi. Suresh Chellaram, whose family owns the largest stake in the Royals, is Modi's brother-in-law. As a result, Modi's ouster from the BCCI and IPL was soon followed by the BCCI expelling Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab for a breach of the franchise agreement. However, Royals took the legal recourse and were reinstated into the IPL well in time before the 2011 auction.

The Royals have also been under the scanner for their monetary flow, with the Enforcement Directorate having issued multiple notices to them for an alleged breach of regulations. With the ownership pattern and monetary transactions being questioned time and again, the moneyball team of the IPL has been in the news more for off the field activities than on it since the inaugural season.

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  • POSTED BY Kirk-at-Lords on | June 13, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    This is a very small sample size, but I must say I am disturbed by the number of comments about there being nothing wrong with owners betting, especially on their own teams. All major sports ban it outright, and everywhere. The temptations and opportunities for manipulation are obvious. If we cannot have consensus on at least this point in the cricket, then there is very little hope left for the sport. Another, thankfully less common, response here and elsewhere is the scrapping of inconvenient rules. If everyone has an urge to bet, then let us simply eliminate the rules and let license reign. How far do people REALLY want to push this proposition throughout the whole of sport and society? The implications are to my mind simply ghastly. It is like giving total freedom to immature children and youth, and then being shocked at the all to frequently disastrous results. As Harsha Bhogle pointed out in his most recent Cricinfo column, we may chafe and grumble but rules save us.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    we too bet in our laboratory in leisure time for fun, without money exchange........There is no connection between fixing and betting as such, unless the better want to win at any cost and approaches bookies, fixers etc. The emerging fact that Raj Kundra was betting on his own team and was losing shows that he was not knowing the future results, hence he is innocent, except that its illegal in India. There are many rules which need to be scrapped, this is the one.

  • POSTED BY VJGS on | June 7, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    Wow! So from 9 teams, IPL is going to feature just 7 teams next year? At this rate, IPL will reach the 10th edition having just 2 teams. The right thing to do would be to scrap the entire IPL and build a new one - one that is much more transparent and clear about its rule. It should be one in which "conflict of interests" should have no place in.

  • POSTED BY SachinIsAGoner on | June 7, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    And MS dhoni and Rahul Dravid are innocent cricketers and so are others. They just hold some key positions such as Vice President or CEO in firms owned by Cricket teams and BCCI bosses...

  • POSTED BY TheOnlyEmperor on | June 7, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    What a shame. With fame and wealth comes responsibility. And not many people understand this.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    Mr Kundra is Not a Team Owner or Principal. He is Another CRICKET ENTHUSIAST who travels along the team and take part in player Auctions!!!

    Have to find out how many Cricket enthusiasts will come to limelight again...

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | June 7, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    @TSJ07: Actually it is a bigger shame if the owners are betting on other teams. If Raj was betting on the Royals all the time, I don't have a problem (except that betting is illegal in India).

  • POSTED BY ARIF3011 on | June 7, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    Horse Racing is legal in India where the only interest of stakeholders as well as the public is putting bets on horses. Casino business is coming up fast where gambling is the objective (another form of betting). Why suddenly so much noise when someone admitted his involvement in "betting" in cricket which is not "fixing the games"? In my opinion, all betting and gambling avenues should be banned/closed in India if intension is to keep the society clean. It is totally unfair that at one place it is ok, but not at other places. Selective approach? Not going to work.

  • POSTED BY Abhishek.2626 on | June 7, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    Why shouldnt an owner bet? Betting doesnt influence any part of the came. Its just that he has money. He wants to bet - not to make money. But just for fun. Why do so many people play cards.. for the money? or for the fun. And a lotta people outside bet too. everybody knows that. People place bets in 100's or 1000's. Kundra placed more cos he has the money. Betting is legal in most places. It is kinda legal even at Race cources. When gambling is legal in GOA. y cant u legalise betting. If u ask me. its a really trivial issue. and the police and Media are blowing it outa proportion. Kundra's case. and Also Gurunath.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    One of the comments reminds me of a piece I read about an astrologer, who had analyzed the positions of the planets and told the Authour (Jyoti Bachaspati), "You will not pass Matriculation exams" (SSC). He replied, "I have passed" Little annoyed, the astrologer said, "You cannot pass Intermediate exams' (HSC) "I have passed the exams and I have also passed Degree and Masters and teaching students now as Professor" Apparently, the astrologer was furious and he said, "You must have copied!"

  • POSTED BY Kirk-at-Lords on | June 13, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    This is a very small sample size, but I must say I am disturbed by the number of comments about there being nothing wrong with owners betting, especially on their own teams. All major sports ban it outright, and everywhere. The temptations and opportunities for manipulation are obvious. If we cannot have consensus on at least this point in the cricket, then there is very little hope left for the sport. Another, thankfully less common, response here and elsewhere is the scrapping of inconvenient rules. If everyone has an urge to bet, then let us simply eliminate the rules and let license reign. How far do people REALLY want to push this proposition throughout the whole of sport and society? The implications are to my mind simply ghastly. It is like giving total freedom to immature children and youth, and then being shocked at the all to frequently disastrous results. As Harsha Bhogle pointed out in his most recent Cricinfo column, we may chafe and grumble but rules save us.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    we too bet in our laboratory in leisure time for fun, without money exchange........There is no connection between fixing and betting as such, unless the better want to win at any cost and approaches bookies, fixers etc. The emerging fact that Raj Kundra was betting on his own team and was losing shows that he was not knowing the future results, hence he is innocent, except that its illegal in India. There are many rules which need to be scrapped, this is the one.

  • POSTED BY VJGS on | June 7, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    Wow! So from 9 teams, IPL is going to feature just 7 teams next year? At this rate, IPL will reach the 10th edition having just 2 teams. The right thing to do would be to scrap the entire IPL and build a new one - one that is much more transparent and clear about its rule. It should be one in which "conflict of interests" should have no place in.

  • POSTED BY SachinIsAGoner on | June 7, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    And MS dhoni and Rahul Dravid are innocent cricketers and so are others. They just hold some key positions such as Vice President or CEO in firms owned by Cricket teams and BCCI bosses...

  • POSTED BY TheOnlyEmperor on | June 7, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    What a shame. With fame and wealth comes responsibility. And not many people understand this.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    Mr Kundra is Not a Team Owner or Principal. He is Another CRICKET ENTHUSIAST who travels along the team and take part in player Auctions!!!

    Have to find out how many Cricket enthusiasts will come to limelight again...

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | June 7, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    @TSJ07: Actually it is a bigger shame if the owners are betting on other teams. If Raj was betting on the Royals all the time, I don't have a problem (except that betting is illegal in India).

  • POSTED BY ARIF3011 on | June 7, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    Horse Racing is legal in India where the only interest of stakeholders as well as the public is putting bets on horses. Casino business is coming up fast where gambling is the objective (another form of betting). Why suddenly so much noise when someone admitted his involvement in "betting" in cricket which is not "fixing the games"? In my opinion, all betting and gambling avenues should be banned/closed in India if intension is to keep the society clean. It is totally unfair that at one place it is ok, but not at other places. Selective approach? Not going to work.

  • POSTED BY Abhishek.2626 on | June 7, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    Why shouldnt an owner bet? Betting doesnt influence any part of the came. Its just that he has money. He wants to bet - not to make money. But just for fun. Why do so many people play cards.. for the money? or for the fun. And a lotta people outside bet too. everybody knows that. People place bets in 100's or 1000's. Kundra placed more cos he has the money. Betting is legal in most places. It is kinda legal even at Race cources. When gambling is legal in GOA. y cant u legalise betting. If u ask me. its a really trivial issue. and the police and Media are blowing it outa proportion. Kundra's case. and Also Gurunath.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    One of the comments reminds me of a piece I read about an astrologer, who had analyzed the positions of the planets and told the Authour (Jyoti Bachaspati), "You will not pass Matriculation exams" (SSC). He replied, "I have passed" Little annoyed, the astrologer said, "You cannot pass Intermediate exams' (HSC) "I have passed the exams and I have also passed Degree and Masters and teaching students now as Professor" Apparently, the astrologer was furious and he said, "You must have copied!"

  • POSTED BY TSJ07 on | June 7, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    What a shame if owners are found betting on their team.I guess this problem is large scale among IPL owners and investigation should be expanded to involve all other teams as well. These people might not be doing for money but just for fun just like filthy rich folks do in casinos etc i.e. betting with "extra" money they have earned.

  • POSTED BY Cricket-Buff on | June 6, 2013, 23:35 GMT

    I think lot of people are thinking that Raj Kundra is a part owner of Rajasthan Royals team, he is just a cricket enthusiast who goes and sits in their matches.

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | June 6, 2013, 20:34 GMT

    This is a real shocker.... Part owner of a team involved in betting (not saying fixing) is really bad. Of all the negative news I have heard so far, this is the most dissapointing news.

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    This is one hell of a mess. Even ardent fans are liable to be put off by these developments. And if this wasn't enough, we get news of MSD being in a conflict of interest position! Cricket has gone far beyond from being a sport, that is for sure. So lets make sure we make it a sport again before we indulge into IPL and Champions League. Someone please clean the mess. Please restore the faith of the fans. The developments of the past few weeks have been dispriting and disappointing. And that is to say the least! What morally bankrupt society are we becoming?!

  • POSTED BY ilyas_US on | June 6, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    Really hurt to see Shilpa's Pic in this bad debate what if owners of the team are involved its clear destruction of cricket :(

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | June 6, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    Fixing or betting aside. A team owner should NEVER indulge in such an activity. I think the Royals will be under the pump now. This is why you DO NOT allow Bollywood celebrities to run cricket teams. I still feel all of this is GOOD for IPL cricket, because it provides those with common sense an opportunity to make cricket pure once again. Once we remove these Bollywood 'stars' from cricket, the IPL will become a force to reckon with; it already is but we don't need all this garbage to act as a side show.

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | June 6, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    @ AnilYV - agrred. he is going to be the saving grace for Indian cricket.

  • POSTED BY KingOwl on | June 6, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    I am beginning to lose faith in the IPL results. It is getting increasingly clear that the problem is much deeper. It seems to be part of the system.

  • POSTED BY VinodGupte on | June 6, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    betting is illegal in india and that is the only issue here. let's not assume that matches were fixed by him. not unless police investigate and find out so.

  • POSTED BY Naina0325 on | June 6, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    I decided to stand afar and look at the entire IPL mumbo jumbo. Has anyone wondered why Rajasthan Royals has been targeted every single time? Is this another GIG to get CSK out of the limelight? Are you telling us that the other teams owned by big industrialists are not involved in these kind of disgraceful acts? On a serious note i think the IPL committee must re-start on a clean slate...remove all the bureaucrats and start afresh...new rules..new admissions...new team names....

  • POSTED BY latecut_04 on | June 6, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    @Rajeshj on (June 6, 2013, 8:44 GMT) -I too had similar thoughts like "as long as team owners are not fixing events/results i dont think there is too much of an issue"..Now don't you think if you or I were a team owner and had placed huge bets on results ,wouldn't we try to influence the match results or events on which we had bet..i swear i would because that way i can make much more profit much faster on my investment..and with all team owners saying "they did bet but lost money" it only seems painfully obvious that they are trying to garner public opinion towards their favour precisely via my initial comments on this post.There has been large scale fixing in IPL..true and feel sad?imagine what Rahul Dravid must be feeling then..cricinfo please publish...

  • POSTED BY Hg1987 on | June 6, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    so now according to the IPL rules RR will be terminated ?

  • POSTED BY bonaku on | June 6, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    it is getting from bad to worse.

  • POSTED BY latecut_04 on | June 6, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    News does not make much sense. Betting is illegal and so he has confessed to a crime to the police and he has been let off without any arrest.Also ICC and IPL rules make it mandatiory for team owners to report/prevent anything related to illegal/fixing activities.What has the BCCI to say about this.Why hasn't he been arrested for further interogation.I am in no way supporting CSK/meyyappan/Sresanth but has to say he has been treated differently than them which does not make sense...please publish

  • POSTED BY Rajeshj on | June 6, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    I think IPL is fast becoming like a WWF, where everything is staged.. As a fan, am quite embarrassed that I have been following it all these years... I do think that Meiyappan and Raj Kundra are alone as far as owners involved in betting.. more investigation could reveal others involvement too.. I don't see a problem with betting as long as they are not involved in spot or match fixing.. If these owners have played a role in fixing any of their matches, then it should be the end of IPL, I guess.. no point in continuing it any further...

  • POSTED BY PPL11 on | June 6, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    FUSTRATING to hear kind of news every day as a die hard cricket fan, really hard to say but SC should ban the IPL

  • POSTED BY Wakeybeancounter on | June 6, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    What a cesspit the IPL appears to be. What else is going on one might ask?

  • POSTED BY vd.reddy on | June 6, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    I guess this is the right time for the Indian Hockey teams to pull up their socks and get as much audience as they can. Cricket has hit the rock bottom. #HelplessFan

  • POSTED BY DataQue on | June 6, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    IPL is a DISGRACE and has been all along!!! Close the shop for good and go home...

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    IPL= haunted place for fixing and betting.

  • POSTED BY AnilYV on | June 6, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    Credit should go to Vindoo.

  • POSTED BY itismenithin on | June 6, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    I really feel sorry for Rahul Dravid, it should not have played IPL

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    seems like IPL is losing all credibility.... has it become casino in Las Vegas???

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    Misleading headline. Please say "Police Commissioner" claims. Cricinfo cannot become or behave like another Indian Media channel!

  • POSTED BY sramesh_74 on | June 6, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    Put the planning for IPL-7 on hold till this stinky mess is cleared. When the owners resort to such activities how can you expect the event to be clean?

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    The new mother Shilpa won't be happy with this. Just a few days ago they were dancing Sammy's pacifier's dance and now they are about to lose the franchise. Not very good.

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  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    The new mother Shilpa won't be happy with this. Just a few days ago they were dancing Sammy's pacifier's dance and now they are about to lose the franchise. Not very good.

  • POSTED BY sramesh_74 on | June 6, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    Put the planning for IPL-7 on hold till this stinky mess is cleared. When the owners resort to such activities how can you expect the event to be clean?

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    Misleading headline. Please say "Police Commissioner" claims. Cricinfo cannot become or behave like another Indian Media channel!

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    seems like IPL is losing all credibility.... has it become casino in Las Vegas???

  • POSTED BY itismenithin on | June 6, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    I really feel sorry for Rahul Dravid, it should not have played IPL

  • POSTED BY AnilYV on | June 6, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    Credit should go to Vindoo.

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    IPL= haunted place for fixing and betting.

  • POSTED BY DataQue on | June 6, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    IPL is a DISGRACE and has been all along!!! Close the shop for good and go home...

  • POSTED BY vd.reddy on | June 6, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    I guess this is the right time for the Indian Hockey teams to pull up their socks and get as much audience as they can. Cricket has hit the rock bottom. #HelplessFan

  • POSTED BY Wakeybeancounter on | June 6, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    What a cesspit the IPL appears to be. What else is going on one might ask?