Meiyappan, Kundra banned for life; CSK, RR for 2 yrs

Lata Jain

Indian Premier League shaken after verdict following corruption scandal.

A Supreme Court-appointed panel on Tuesday suspended the Indian Premier Leaguea��s Chennai and Rajasthan franchises for two years, dealing a stunning blow to a showpiece event which introduced glamour and big money to one of the favorite sports of Indians Cricket.

The apex court -appointed panel led by former chief justice Rajendra Mal Lodha suspended two of the eight teams after officials were found guilty of illegally betting on matches. He made this announcement that these two teams would be banned from the next two editions of the annual six-week tournament to protect “the integrity of the game”

Chennai Super Kings, led by India’s one-day international captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, and Rajasthan Royals, skippered by star Australian batsman Steve Smith, had been hoping to escape with heavy fines.

Gurunath Meiyappan — the son-in-law of Narayanaswami Srinivasan, the Chennai franchise owner and the current boss of the International Cricket Council — was banned for life from cricket-related activities.

A similar punishment was handed down to Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty and husband Raj Kundra, co-owner of the Rajasthan team.

Asked about the financial losses of players from the two teams, Lodha said, “We did not consider financial losses to players and teams. That is not significant. The integrity of the game is what matters.

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