No evidence against former IPL COO Sundar Raman: Lodha Panel

New Delhi: Former IPL COO Sundar Raman was yesterday exonerated by a Supreme Court-appointed Committee which held that none of the allegations against him in connection with the 2013 spot fixing and betting scandal has been substantiated and that there was no cogent evidence to establish his role in any other wrongful activities.

Sundar Raman
Sundar Raman

The committee, headed by retired Supreme Court Chief Justice RM Lodha concluded there was no need for any action against him as none of the seven allegations have been susbstantiated.

The committee 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".

"However, having regard to the duties and responsibilities of Sundar Raman as Chief Operating Officer (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," Justice Lodha said.

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