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No action against IPL CEO, BCCI backs Srinivasan

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Chennai, Nov 18 (IANS) The Indian cricket board Tuesday decided against taking any action against Indian Premier League chief Sundar Raman for being in “contact” with a bookie, while backing its exiled president, N. Srinivasan.

The Supreme Court appointed Mukul Mudgal committee report, which was made public Monday, stated that IPL chief executive officer Raman had been in touch with a bookie “eight times in one season”. The report also said that Raman knew of Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra’s involvement in betting and did nothing about it.

Meiyappan is International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman Srinivasan’s son-in-law and Kundra is the co-owner of Rajasthan Royals.

“We have faith in the Supreme Court. Everybody will be given a chance to explain themselves in the court and the hearing will decide on Raman. Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra will fight their own cases in Supreme Court,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said following the completion of the meeting here.

The Supreme Court’s hearing will be Nov 24.

The report had stated that Meiyappan was involved in betting while it cleared him of any involvement in spot fixing. For Kundra, the report had stated he was in touch with bookies and was placing bets or was at least standing guarantee for a ‘punter’ friend.

Patel also informed that the BCCI Annual General Meeting will now be held Dec 17.

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