New Delhi - A Supreme Court appointed panel on Tuesday has recommended two
Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket franchises be suspended for two years
following investigations into charges of corruption by their owners.
And two officials of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan
Royals franchises who were found to have bet on games were banned for life from
any type of involvement in cricket matches.
They were also declared ineligible to participate in any
form of cricket for five years, former chief justice of India RM Lodha, who
heads the three-member panel, said at a press briefing.
Lodha said the Supreme Court, after looking into the charges
and evidence, had found the officials had indulged in wrongdoing and asked the
panel to determine the punishment.
The two officials are Gurunath Meiyappan of the Chennai
Super Kings, who is also the son-in-law of the franchise's owner and
International Cricket Council chairman N Srinivasan, and the Rajasthan Royals
co-owner Raj Kundra.
Srinivasan was former president of the Board of Control for
Cricket in India (BCCI) and his company India Cements owns the Chennai Super
Asked if the two teams could continue to play in the IPL if
their ownership changed hands, Lodha said that decision was not a part of the
remit of his panel.
The regular betting by the owners had tarnished the image of
the IPL, the BCCI and the game of cricket, Lodha said.
The IPL, played in the shortened Twenty20 format, is hugely
popular in India and the rest of the cricketing world.
The league that began in 2008 has, however, seen various
allegations of corruption including spot fixing and kickbacks in television