Lodha Committee grills ex-IPL COO Sundar Raman for two hours


Qaiser Mohammad Ali


Former IPL chief operating officer Sundar Raman was on Saturday grilled by the RM Lodha Committee for two hours in connection with his role in the 2013 IPL betting-fixing scandal, said a source.

Raman, who recently tendered his resignation from the post after being asked to do so by BCCI president Shashank Manohar, was apparently originally scheduled to on November 15.

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When asked if Sundar Raman would be appearing before the Supreme Court-appointed three-member Lodha Committee on Sunday, a source told JantaKaReporter.com, “He has already met the Lodha Committee; they met today. Earlier, he was scheduled to appear on November 15.”

It seems that the meeting was tactically advanced by a day to dodge the media as the meeting date of November 15 had been widely published.

The source further said, “It was confidential meeting and it lasted for about two hours.”

Retired Justice RM Lodha, chairman of the Supreme Court-appointed committee on IPL-BCCI-related issues, with his co-panel members Justice Ashok Bhan and Justice RV Raveendran.
Retired Justice RM Lodha, chairman of the Supreme Court-appointed committee on IPL-BCCI-related issues, flanked by his panel members Justice Ashok Bhan (left) and Justice RV Raveendran.

The Supreme Court had appointed the Lodha Committee to determine the quantum of punishment for those named in the Mukul Mudgal Committee’s IPL probe report, and also suggest reforms for the BCCI.

The Lodha Committee is scheduled to submit its report by 31 December.

When asked if the Lodha Committee’s report would be made public, the source said on Saturday, “It has not been decided if the report would be made public. The committee would take that decision, like it had taken the earlier decision [to make its first report public].”

In its first report, the Lodha Committee had recommended two-year suspension for IPL franchises Chennai Super Kings, owned by former BCCI president N. Srinivasan, and Rajasthan Royals. He also recommended life suspensions for CSK official Gurunath Meiyappan and Rajasthan Royals’ co-owner Raj Kundra.

Raman, who was involved in the IPL since its first edition in 2008 and his tenure lasted about seven years, had submitted his resignation to Manohar in his home city Nagpur on November 3.

Raman, who was very close to former BCCI president N. Srinivasan, was hired by former IPL chairman Lalit Modi.

After Modi was sacked by Manohar-Srinivasan in April 2010, for being allegedly involved in financial irregularities, Raman is said to have become close to Srinivasan. He enjoyed Srinivasan’s trust and, many people say, that was the reason he weathered all the storms over the years, despite being abrasive.

A BCCI source said that three persons have already been shortlisted to replace Raman and the name of one of them would be announced soon.