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Rajasthan Royals Owner Kundra Admits Involvement In Indian Premier League Betting
Published June 7, 2013
TWEETING INNOCENT: In Mumbai, Bharti Dubey wrote Shetty "has denied her involvement in IPL betting." The actor tweeted: "For those who care,my apparent involvement in betting is complete nonsense nd I have never bet on any cricket match ever.Truth will prevail." She added, "We love cricket, it's the passion for the sport that made us a part of IPL. It's extremely disheartening to keep clarifying that." Shetty also "came out in defence" of her husband Kundra. Earlier, "a bookie allegedly named her for placing bets." Reacting to this, the actor tweeted: "RR owners we are wronged and have Not done anything Wrong!! its been very upsetting.." (TIMES OF INDIA, 6/6). The BBC reported police investigating allegations of spot-fixing in the IPL cricket tournament said that "they have seized" Kundra's passport (BBC, 6/6).
EMERGENCY MEETING: The PTI reported rattled by betting charges against Kundra, the BCCI on Thursday "convened an Emergent Working Committee meeting in New Delhi on June 10 to discuss the issue and 'take action if required.'" BCCI Working Group Chief Jagmohan Dalmiya said that "the entire issue of Raj Kundra's alleged involvement in betting will come up for discussion at the meeting." The veteran administrator also said that Baroda Cricket Association's Sanjay Patel "will be the new BCCI secretary while the post of the treasurer will be announced later." He also said that no BCCI member will be part of the inquiry commission, and the two retired high court judges T. Jayaram Chouta and R. Balasubramaniam "will form the two-member commission to probe allegations against the BCCI President N. Srinivasan 's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan" and the Chennai Super Kings (PTI, 6/6). Former BCCI Secretary Sanjay Jagdale on Thursday expressed shock over Kundra's admission to betting in T20 matches, and said that it further "shakes faith of the fans in the sport." Jagdale: "It (betting) is morally wrong since you're owning a team. Such things are not good for cricket and not good for IPL" (PTI, 6/6).
WEDDING BREAK: The PTI also reported suspended cricketer Ankeet Chavan, an accused in the IPL spot-fixing scandal, "surrendered before a Delhi court on Thursday on expiry of the one-week interim bail he was granted to solemnise his marriage" (PTI, 6/6). In a separate piece, the PTI reported former IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi on Thursday "suggested that the upcoming Champions League T20 and next year's IPL should be put 'on hold' till the time the sport is completely free of corruption." Modi tweeted: "IPL 7 and current upcoming CL should be put on hold till full and complete cleansing of BCCI and IPL is done. One cannot continue to take fans for a ride" (PTI, 6/6).
SRI LANKA TAKES ACTION: The PTI also reported the Sri Lankan government "is mulling to bring a tough anti-corruption law against unfair practices in sports in the wake of spot-fixing scandals in the IPL and Bangladesh Premier League." Sri Lankan Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said, "We are bringing a law against fixing and are working on its draft. It will have strict provisions like life ban if anyone found guilty of fixing. I will send the draft to the cabinet and after its approval, it will be passed by the Parliament. The whole process will take around six months" (PTI, 6/6).