IPL verdict: Panel demolishes Srinivasan defence of Meiyappan

  • Jasvinder Sidhu, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 15, 2015 00:43 IST
File picture of Gurunath Meiyappan with his father-in-law N Srinivasan. (PTI Photo)

Former BCCI boss N Srinivasan had termed son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan an 'enthusiast' after the CSK team principal was arrested in the IPL betting and spot-fixing case in 2013. However, the Justice RM Lodha committee tore down Srinivasan's stand in its 59-page verdict.

It was also scathing about Raj Kundra, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR).

"Being 40 years of age, he (Meiyappan) is not young, but middle-aged. It is difficult to accept he has passion for the game.

"Any person who has true passion for the game would not be involved in betting, rather any sports loving person would act in conformity with the fundamental sporting imperatives.

"Non-adherence to these imperatives has shaken the very essence of cricket," Lodha read out from his order at a news conference on Tuesday.

Grave misconduct

The panel observed that if an official representing a franchise or team regularly indulges in betting, even during a match, the misconduct is grave as his actions are against the spirit of the game, bringing the BCCI and the league into disrepute.

The panel, appointed by the Supreme Court on January 22 to decide the quantum of punishment, also dismissed Royals co-owner Kundra's defence.

"Being a UK citizen, he had a heavy responsibility to ensure that his acts and actions were not in conflict with the laws of a foreign country. Betting is a crime punishable under the Indian Penal Code. Besides that it is an offence/corrupt practice under the BCCI's rules, regulations and codes."

The order against RR and CSK is also clear.

The CSK franchise owner was responsible for failing to ensure Meiyappan complied with the BCCI anti-corruption code and IPL rules.

It criticised the role of RR, pointing out this year's episode of leg-spinner Pravin Tambe being approached by his Mumbai teammate to persuade him to fix IPL matches.

Mumbai batsman Hiken Shah was suspended by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday.

The Rajasthan Royals owners, Jaipur IPL Cricket Pvt Ltd (JIPL), had claimed the team was a celebrated "nursery" for players, but the panel reminded it that three of its players were arrested and charged with spot-fixing in 2013.

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