2013 IPL betting scam Current Affairs - 2019

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CSK, Rajasthan Royals suspended for two years from IPL

Two major Indian Premier League teams Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals were suspended from the cricket league for two years.

Decision in this regard was taken by a Supreme Court-appointed three-member committee headed by former Chief Justice of India R M Lodha.

Both of the teams were banned in regards to betting activities of their key officials Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra during the 6th edition of  i.e. 2013 season of IPL. This decision has put a spanner on the high-profile T20 league, which had begun in 2008.

Background

The IPL spot-fixing scandal had broken out in 2013 after the Delhi Police arrested Rajasthan Royals cricketers S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila. They were allegedly for indulging in betting and spot-fixing during then 6th edition of IPL.

Later Supreme Court had constituted Committee headed by former Chief Justice of India R M Lodha to look into this matter. In January 2015, the Committee in its terms of reference being to announce the quantum of punishment against Meiyappan, Kundra and the two franchisees CSK and Rajasthan Royals.

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Supreme Court bars N Srinivasan from contesting BCCI elections

Supreme Court (SC) has barred Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President-in-exile N Srinivasan, from contesting any BCCI election on grounds of conflict of interest.

This judgment was given by two-member SC bench of Justices T S Thakur and F M I Khalifulla.

SC judgment in case BCCI elections

  • It struck down the Amendment in the BCCI rules that allowed Srinivasan to own IPL team. It mentioned the Amendment is bad as conflict of interest in cricket leads to great confusion.
  • No one who has commercial interest including N Srinivasan shall be eligible for any post in the BCCI and so he is disqualified on the ground of commercial interest.
  • The Bench directed BCCI to hold fresh elections of office bearers within six weeks.

The SC bench also held that charges against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) team official Gurunath Meiyappan (son in law of Srinivasan) and Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra stands proved in the 2013 IPL betting scam. However, charges against Srinivasan were not proved.

Along with judgment, SC also set up a judges committee under a former Chief Justice of India to decide on the punishment in the 2013 IPL betting scam.

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