Lodha panel gives clean chit to former IPL COO Raman

The Lodha panel stated that there was lack of evidence against Sundar Raman © BCCI

The Lodha Panel has given a clean chit to former IPL chief operating officer Sundar Raman in connection with the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal on grounds that there was little evidence against him.

One of the tasks set by the Supreme Court for the Lodha panel during its inception was to examine Raman’s role in the 2013 spot-fixing scandal and, if applicable, impose a suitable punishment on behalf of the BCCI.

The Lodha panel’s report addressed seven allegations against Raman and said there was lack of “cogent evidence” to establish any direct or indirect involvement in betting or any other wrongful activity.

“On a close and careful independent look at the evidence and material collected by the Investigating Team, the Committee is of clear opinion that neither Allegation Nos.1 and 5 nor Allegation Nos.2, 3, 4, 6 and 7 stand substantiated justifying any action against Sundar Raman. His direct or indirect involvement in any betting or otherwise wrongful activities has not been establishment by any cogent evidence,” the report stated.

Raman was named as Individual 12 in the Mudgal report, which said he “knew a contact of a bookie and had contacted him eight times in one season”. When questioned by the Mudgal panel, Raman “admitted” that he “knew” a contact of the bookie, but claimed to be “unaware of his connection with betting activities”. The report stated Raman “also accepted” that he had received information about “individual 1 and individual 11 [that is, Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra] taking part in betting.” He said he was “informed” by the ICC-ACSU chief that this was not actionable information. Raman accepted that this information that he received about two team officials being reportedly involved in betting “was not conveyed to any other individual” by him.

Raman had been associated with the IPL since its inception; he had been the right-hand man of Lalit Modi and, after his removal in 2010, worked closely with N Srinivasan. He stepped down from his position in November last year, prior to appearing before the Lodha committee.

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