New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday accepted the report of the Justice Lodha Committee exonerating former Indian premier League (IPL) COO Sundar Raman of all charges against him in connection with the 2013 spot-fixing and betting scandal. A bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur passed the order after Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) said there was no objection in accepting the report of the committee exonerating Raman. “Raman has been exonerated by the committee. CAB has accepted the report in this regard. Since there is no objection by CAB, we accept the report of the committee exonerating Raman,” the bench also comprising Justice F M I Kalifulla said. READ: SC urges BCCI to accept Lodha Panel report and recommendations
CAB’s secretary Aditya Verma, who had filed the petition on the issue of large scale irregularities in the working of the BCCI, was present in the court. The panel had exonerated Raman holding that none of the seven allegations against him were substantiated and no action was required against him and that there was no cogent evidence to establish his role in any other wrongful activities.
The committee had said on the basis of investigation and material before it, it does not seem that Raman’s omission in informing the IPL Governing Body about the betting activities in 2013 was with “any ulterior or oblique motive or intended to cover or protect someone or was part of any corrupt activity”. READ: Rahul Dravid included in ICC Anti-Corruption Unit Oversight Group
“However, having regard to the duties and responsibilities of Sundar Raman as COO, his omission to report to the IPL Governing Council was a wrong decision and not expected of a COO of IPL. We have no material to infer that the said decision was motivated,” it had said. Earlier, the Justice Mukul Mudgal-led panel, formed to investigate the IPL spot-fixing scandal, had named Raman as ‘Individual 12’ in its report, which said he “knew a contact of a bookie and had contacted him eight times in one season”.
In January last year, the Supreme Court in its verdict had said the allegations levelled against Raman, cannot go “un-probed” and had constituted a three-member committee headed by Justice Lodha to further investigate the averments against him, saying “truth must be brought to light”.
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