Justice RM Lodha-headed panel on IPL Betting Scandal 2013 on 14 July 2015 suspended Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) for two years. Suspension of two times IPL champion CSK and inaugural winner RR comes with immediate effect.
CSK was suspended by the panel citing operation rules as CSK or India Cements took no action against Meiyappan.
On the other hand, RR was suspended on account of being directly responsible for putting the game into disrepute and Raj Kundra'a action was unacceptable.
The panel also suspended Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra from all cricket matches for life as they were found guilty of illegal betting. They both acted contrary to the spirit of the game.
However, the panel gave no clarification on what happens to the six players who were mentioned in the sealed envelope submitted to the Supreme Court by the Justice Mudgal panel.
Justice Lodha said that the decision will uphold the paramountcy of the game and no one is bigger than the game.
The historic verdict
The verdict of Justice Lodha panel was quite historic as far as sports and law is concerned. This was the first time that a verdict was delivered in front of media cameras something like the Oscar Pistorious hearing in South Africa.
About Lodha Committee
The three-member Lodha committee headed by former Chief Justice of India (CJI) RM Lodha was appointed by a Supreme Court Bench on 22 January 2015 to determine the quantum of punishment in the case.
Its verdict will be final and binding on the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI), the promoters and owners of the cash-rich and popular IPL. However, the aggrieved party can seek legal redress.
The decision to appoint the committee was taken following the submission of the final report of findings of Justice Mukul Mudgal Committee on IPL Spot-fixing in the Supreme Court in November 2014.
2013 IPL Scandal
The 2013 IPL season was mired in controversy after police launched legal proceedings against several officials and cricketers that included S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, for illegal betting and spot-fixing.
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When: 14 July 2015