Justice RM Lodha

Justice RM Lodha

A three-member committee headed by former chief justice of India R.M. Lodha which was appointed by the Supreme Court of India to recommend on the quantum of punishment that Gurunath Meiyappan, son-in-law of former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president N. Srinivasan, Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra and BCCI COO Sundar Raman will face for betting in the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), shall deliver its verdict on 14 July.

In a press release, the Committee said:

The verdict of the Justice Lodha Committee is to be rendered on Tuesday 14th July at Silver Oak-II in the India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road. This will be at 1:00 pm.

Appointment by Supreme Court

The committee was appointed vide the 22 January judgment of the Supreme Court of India in Board of Control for Cricket in India v. Cricket Association of Bihar & Ors. (Civil Appeal No. 4235 of 2014)

SC in its judgment had appointed a committee comprising of:

  1. Justice R.M. Lodha, former Chief Justice of India – Chairman
  2. Justice Ashok Bhan, former Judge, Supreme Court of India – Member
  3. Justice R.V. Raveendran, former Judge, Supreme Court of India – Member.

Task of the Committee

The task given to the committee were:

  1. To determine the quantum of punishment to be imposed on Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra as also their
    respective franchisees/teams/owners of the teams;
  2. Examine the role of Sundar Raman with or without further investigation, into his activities, and if found guilty, impose a suitable punishment upon him on behalf of BCCI;
  3. Recommend such reforms in its practices and procedures and such amendments in the Memorandum of Association, Rules and Regulations as may be considered necessary and proper on matters set out by SC in its judgment at para 109;

Decision to be binding

As ordered by SC in the aforesaid judgment, the order passed by the Committee shall be final and binding upon BCCI and the parties concerned subject to the right of the aggrieved party seeking redress in appropriate judicial proceedings in accordance with law.

SC had held that Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra were guilty of betting and that the misconduct against these two is actionable as per the relevant rules of the BCCI. Court had further held that along with these two, action under the rules can also be taken against the franchisees concerned. It had held:

…we must make it clear that given the nature of the proceedings entrusted to the Probe Committee and the standard of proof applicable to the same, we see no reason to disagree with the conclusion of the Probe Committee that Gurunath Meiyappan was indeed indulging in betting.

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