BCCI will decide what to do with CSK, Royals: Lodha

New Delhi, July 16 (IANS) Justice R.M. Lodha (retired), who gave a landmark verdict in the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL) spot fixing and betting scandal, said the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will decide what to do with the franchises which have been suspended for two years.

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals were on Tuesday suspended from the IPL for two years by the Supreme Court-appointed Justice Lodha Committee in the scandal that rocked the cash-rich Twenty20 tournament in 2013.

Former CSK team official Gurunath Meiyappan and Royals co-owner Raj Kundra, both of whom were earlier found guilty of betting, were suspended for life from any cricketing activity.

“It is for the BCCI to consider terminating the teams and the Supreme Court judgment is clear on that. The BCCI can do that,” Justice Lodha told a news channel.

Asked why the committee did not itself ban the franchises, Lodha said that would have exceeded its remit.

“We have been appointed as a disciplinary committee and (Clause) 11.3 deals with contractual obligation and that has to be dealt by BCCI, so we cannot go into it,” he said.

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