The IPL spot-fixing scandal
- In May 2013, the Delhi Police arrested three players, S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila of the Rajasthan Royals on charges of spot-fixing.
- Gurunath Meiyappan, Team Principal of the Chennai Super Kings and son-in-law of BCCI Chief N Srinivasan was subsequently arrested after being questioned by police.
- The case unraveled a nexus between players, bookies, team owners and administrators involved in financial misappropriation.
SC appoints Mudgal Committee to investigate IPL
- The Supreme Court appointed a special committee under Mukul Mudgal to investigate irregularities in the IPL and BCCI following the spot-fixing scandal.
- In November 2014, the Committee found IPL COO, Sundar Raman, CSK Team Principal Gurunath Meiyappan and Rajasthan Royals owner Raj Kundra guilty of betting.
- The report found BCCI Chief N Srinivasan guilty of not acting against the accused despite knowing their violations.
What is the Lodha Committee?
In January 2015, the SC appointed a committee under ex-CJI RM Lodha, to determine punishments for those named in the Mudgal Committee report and to recommend reforms for cricket in India.
What are the objectives of the Lodha committee?
- The Lodha committee had three objectives:
- Firstly, determining punishments for Gurunath, Kundra and their franchises, CSK and Rajasthan Royals, based on the Mudgal report.
- Secondly, examining the role of IPL COO, Sundar Raman, in the 2013 scandal and impose a suitable punishment on him on behalf of BCCI.
- Finally, suggesting amendments to the processes followed by BCCI with a view to preventing sporting frauds.
Lodha Committee bans CSK, RR owners
- In a landmark judgment, the Lodha Committee report banned Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra for life, from taking part in any BCCI related cricket activities in India.
- The Chennai Super Kings and the Rajasthan Royals franchises have been barred from competing in the IPL for two years.
- However, players from both teams are free to be auctioned to any other franchises.
Lodha Commission report seeks BCCI reforms
- The Supreme Court appointed panel for looking into irregularities in cricket bodies in India, has proposed sweeping reforms in the governance structure of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
- The reforms seek to streamline the functioning of the board and provide more accountability on the part of its members.
- These recommendations will only be binding if the Supreme Court approves their implementation.
Lodha committee recommends legalizing betting
The Lodha Commission in its report, recommended that betting on matches be legalized so that it can be better monitored and controlled, to avoid a repeat of the IPL 2013.
What are the committee's recommendations for the BCCI?
- The Lodha committee stated that politicians and government officials may not hold posts in the BCCI.
- Further, each state is to have only one official cricket association registered with the BCCI; and the IPL and BCCI are to have separate governing bodies.
- Three authorities, an ombudsman for internal disputes, an ethics officer and an electoral officer are to be appointed to oversee BCCI activities.
BCCI to move SC against Lodha Committee's recommendations
- The BCCI, in a Special General Meeting, unanimously decided to file an affidavit in the Supreme Court opposing the Lodha Committee's restructure recommendations due to "anomalies and difficulties".
- Constitutional lawyer KK Venugopal is set to represent the BCCI before the SC bench on 4th March 2016.
- The BCCI has also authorised state cricket associations to file separate affidavits against restructuring if they so wish.