IPL Scam: 'Allegations Against Kundra Need to Be Probed'

New Delhi
IPL Scam: 'Allegations Against Kundra Need to Be Probed'

The allegations of betting and spot-fixing against Raj Kundra and his actress wife Shilpa Shetty, part owners of IPL team Rajasthan Royals, need to be probed further, a three-member committee today told Supreme Court.

The committee, which is probing the IPL scandal, said that, "Insofar as the role of Kundra is concerned, the fact that he resorted to betting through Umesh Goenka (a friend) in the IPL matches is evident from the statement of (the latter) under Section 164 of CrPC, recorded by the Delhi court."

The committee is headed by former Punjab and Haryana Chief Justice, Mukul Mudgal.

"We are of the view that the statements under Section 164 of CrPC made by Goenka require further and serious investigation, as Kundra and his wife are part owners of Rajasthan Royals," it said.

The allegations of betting against Kundra and Shetty, if proved, would constitute a "serious infraction" of IPL rules, the committee added.

"Allegations of betting (against) Kundra and Shetty, if proved, would constitute a serious infraction of Section 2.2.1 and 2.14 of IPL operational rules for bringing the game into disrepute, Articles 2.2.1, 2.2.2 and 2.2.3 of the IPL anti- corruption code for acts of betting and articles 2.4.4 of IPL code of conduct for players and team officials, for bringing disrepute to the game of cricket," the report said.

The committee referred to a statement by Goenka before Delhi Police in which he said that Kundra would tell him to directly talk to the players.

"Goenka had stated that whenever he used to ask Kundra for any information related to the team or a match, Kundra would tell him to directly contact the players.

"This is because Kundra knew that Goenka was friendly with the players. This is significant in light of Siddharth Trivedi's statement under Section 164 CrPC wherein he has confirmed that Goenka had asked him about pitch conditions and player details," the report said.

The report further noted that it was not clear whether the statements by Kundra and Trivedi had been forwarded to Jaipur Police by their Delhi counterparts.

"It is not clear whether the statements by Kundra under Section 161 of CrPC and by Trivedi under Section 164 have been forwarded to Jaipur Police by Delhi Police. The effect of the withdrawal of the statements under Section 161 by Kundra also needs to be considered," it said.

The committee also said that an FIR was lodged under Sections 420 (cheating) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC at Jaipur upon a complaint that there was match fixing between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals in a tie played on May 12, 2013.

"No record has been placed before the committee to show that any worthwhile investigation was carried out in this case. The serious allegations made therein possibly remain uninvestigated," the report added.

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