A look at the stormy last two years of Indian Premier League (IPL), which culminated in the suspension of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) for two years by the Supreme Court-appointed Justice Lodha Committee:
May 16, 2013: Delhi Police arrests Sreesanth, Ankit Chauhan, Ajit Chandila, Sreesanth’s friend and alleged bookie Jiju Janardhan and 10 other bookies.
May 21: Mumbai Police arrest Vindoo Dara Singh for his alleged links with bookies.
May 22: Mumbai Police reveals that Vindoo Dara Singh was in touch with CSK team principal Gurunath Meiyappan, son-in-law of BCCI president N Srinivasan.
May 24: Mumbai Police arrests Meiyappan on charges of betting, cheating and conspiracy. India Cements Executive President TS Raghupathy issues a press release stating that Meiyappan was neither the Owner, nor CEO or Team Principal of Chennai Super Kings.
May 26: The BCCI appoints a three-man commission consisting of Justice T. Jayaram Chouta, Justice R Balasubramanian and BCCI Secretary Sanjay Jagdale to look into the charges of betting against Meiyappan.
May 27: Srinivasan insists that Meiyappan did not have any role and he never visited the CSK office, but he would go to the matches as a ‘cricket enthusiast.’
May 31: Jagdale resigns, saying he is deeply hurt by recent developments. BCCI Treasurer Ajay Shirke also quits.
July 28: Two-member probe panel rules that there is no evidence of any wrongdoing against Raj Kundra, India Cements and Rajasthan Royals.
July 30: The Bombay High Court bench comprising justices S.J. Vazifdar and M.S. Sonak finds the BCCI’s two-man probe panel illegal and questioned the logic of the report finding everyone innocent despite not even speaking to the police.
September 7: Mumbai Police names Meiyappan in its chargesheet filed before a Mumbai Court.
October 7: The Supreme Court appoints a three-member committee headed by former High Court judge Mukul Mudgal, additional solicitor general N Nageshwar Rao and Assam Cricket Association member Nilay Dutta.
Feb 10, 2014: After meeting 100 people and more in nearly four months, the Mudgal Panel presents report to the Supreme Court. Justice Mudgal tells the media that Meiyappan was the face of Chennai Super Kings and the team official of CSK. Meiyappan was found guilty of betting and passing on information in IPL 2013. Kundra, the Rajasthan Royals team owner, had resorted to betting in the IPL through Umesh Goenka as is “evident” from Goenka’s statements recorded by a Delhi court.
March 25: The Supreme Court suggests that Srinivasan steps down to enable fair investigation into the allegations of betting.
March 27: SC suggests the BCCI suspends Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings from IPL and Sunil Gavaskar be named interim president of the BCCI until it gives a verdict in the case.
April 22: The SC asks the Justice Mudgal committee to investigate the IPL corruption issue, and in particular the 13 names mentioned in the sealed envelope, with the assistance of other investigators. Mudgal has communicated to the court his willingness to take up the investigation and has been asked to specify the terms and modalities on April 29, the next date of hearing.
May 22: The Supreme Court declines Srinivasan’s plea to be reinstated as the BCCI president for non-IPL affairs. .
June 12: The SC allows Srinivasan to contest for the top ICC post by declining an injunction petition from the Cricket Association of Bihar.
November 3: The Mudgal Committee submits its final report in the IPL corruption case to the Supreme Court, which will take it up on November 10. The report could determine, among other things, whether ICC chairman Srinivasan can seek re-election as president of the BCCI.
January 22, 2015: The SC bars Srinivasan from standing for any post in the BCCI.
July 11: The three-member panel says it will announce the quantum of punishment on July 14 for Meiyappan, Kundra and the teams they were part of CSK and Rajasthan Royals respectively for their alleged involvement in the IPL 2013 corruption scandal.