BCCI suspends Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra

New Delhi, Jun 10 (PTI): Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra was suspended on Monday by the BCCI on charges of gambling during IPL VI matches while Ravi Sawani's report on the spot-fixing scam was forwarded to the Board's disciplinary panel in an Emergent Working Committee meeting here.

"The Working Committee today decided to suspend Raj Kundra on allegations of gambling on IPL VI matches till the pendency of inquiry," a senior working committee member and BCCI office-bearer said.

"Kundra will be debarred from taking part in any cricketing activity related to Rajasthan Royals which effectively means that he won't be seen during Rajasthan Royals matches in the upcoming Champions League Twenty20 in September," he said.

The Board's head of the interim arrangement, Jagmohan Dalimya, was forced to call the meeting after the Delhi Police claimed that Kundra, a minority (11.7 per cent) shareholder in Rajasthan Royals, had confessed to betting during the IPL matches.

If the charges are proved, Rajasthan Royals face the prospect of being terminated from the IPL and to avoid this fate, the franchise has already distanced itself from Kundra.

BCCI's Anti Corruption and Security Unit chief Ravi Sawani also tabled his report on the three tainted cricketers – Test pacer S Sreesanth, Ashok Chandila and Ankeet Chavan – who have been arrested for alleged spot-fixing.

The working committee decided to forward the report to the Board's disciplinary committee.

"The sealed report of Sawani was not opened at the meeting as the committee found it prudent to hand it over to the disciplinary committee," the official said.

"As is the process of natural justice, the players, once they are out of judicial custody, will be summoned for presenting their side of the story before the final verdict is pronounced," he added.

Among other decisions, the working committee ratified the name of Sanjay Patel as the Secretary and also elected Mumbai Cricket Association President Ravi Sawant as the Treasurer, a post left vacant by Ajay Shirke in the wake of the spot-fixing scandal.

Today's meeting saw some heated exchange between some Board members and former BCCI and current Punjab Cricket Association President I S Bindra, who questioned the authority of Dalmiya.

Bindra asked in what capacity was Dalmiya pronouncing Kundra's suspension and appointing Patel and Sawant as executive functionaries of the Board since he is not the interim president.

To this, Sawant, who was representing the MCA, protested and showed Bindra a clause in the BCCI Constitution that allows someone to convene and conduct a meeting if five members of the current working committee propose his name.

After this, Bindra's protest didn't find any takers.

Dalmiya is heading the interim arrangement after N Srinivasan stepped aside as President following allegations of betting against his son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings Team Principal Gurunath Meiyappan. Srinivasan's company India Cements owns the IPL franchise.

Asked whether there was any discussion regarding Chennai Super Kings during the meeting, the official answered in the negative.

The working committee also decided to remove Srinivasan and former Board Secretary Niranjan Shah from the disciplinary panel.

In another decision, the BCCI Working Committee agreed that the two-member panel – comprising Justice T Jayaram Chouta and Justice R Balasubramanian – which is currently investigating Meiyappan and CSK would also probe Kundra and Rajasthan Royals.


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  • Sampath, Mlore/ Blore

    Mon, Jun 10 2013

    BCCI kindly be pleased to answer these question.
    Why only Raj Kundra?, Why not Srinivasan?

    People like Srinivasan must go they have spoiled the image of Indian cricket.

    These tamilians spoil the name of the country in whichever field they are

    In Politics Mr Raja, Kanimouli in 2G scam, in cricket, Srinivasan....

    And what would happen if a tamilian becomes P M of this Country?

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  • Ritu, Puttur

    Mon, Jun 10 2013

    Ban IPL first then suspend BCCI.. then create a new cricket controling board consisting of old players.. sack up all the polititons and industrialists from controling cricket. kapil dev. Dravid and many other old players are capable..

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  • Umesh Salian, Uppala / Dubai

    Mon, Jun 10 2013

    PARDA HAI PARDA.. PARDA HAI PARDA .... PARDEKE PEECHE...HAI KHEL KHEL MEIN.... come one and all to expose... Wel Done RV.... need some stringent actions on those who have been involved in each 8 to 10 franchises that are taking part in IPL....

    Good luck

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M'Lore

    Mon, Jun 10 2013

    Huaa Thu 'MOOCH MUNDA'
    Baagam Baagh Yahaan Se Baaba
    Isse Pehle Log Uttaye Dhandaa....

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  • Naveen D'souza, Valencia-Kuwait

    Mon, Jun 10 2013


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  • Wilson DSouza, Paladka

    Mon, Jun 10 2013

    Only about RR, why not about CSK??? Reminds us the story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Someone should suspend BCCI. This will be a great news.

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