Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals may be banned from playing the Indian Premier League when a Supreme Court-appointed committee hands down its sentence, on 14 July, 2015.
Officials from the CSK and the RR have been found guilty of betting on IPL matches and their respective teams face sanctions after an inquiry that has also put a black mark on former BCCI supremo, Narayanaswami Srinivasan.
An outright ban would be a blow to what is only an eight-team tournament, and observers say former chief justice Rajendra Mal Lodha, who heads the three-member committee is likely to impose heavy fines on the guilty.
It may be noted that the court had dismissed claims of N Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, who had previously been described as team principal, that he was only an enthusiast.
Lodha was appointed head of the panel in January after the Supreme Court found RR co-owner Raj Kundra and CSK’s Meiyappan guilty of betting on the outcome of matches, in 2013.
The court ruled that Srinivasan, who is Meiyappan’s father-in-law, would be banned from holding any post in the BCCI, where he served as president for three years, from 2011.
Meanwhile, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has suspended Mumbai cricketer Hiken Shah, with immediate effect, on 13 July, for breaching BCCI’s anti-corruption code for participants.