IPL Spot-Fixing: BCCI slaps life ban on Ajit Chandila, Hiken Shah banned for 5 years

Chandila has been found guilty of his role in the 2013 IPL fixing controversy while Shah has been banned for making a corrupt approach to fellow Mumbai player Pravin Tambe.

IPL Spot-Fixing: BCCI slaps life ban on Ajit Chandila, Hiken Shah banned for 5 years

BCCI's Disciplinary Committee on Monday pronounced an order in the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing case, imposing a life ban on Rajasthan Royals’ (RR) player Ajit Chandila and a five-year ban on Mumbai cricketer Hiken Shah.

The Disciplinary Committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) met at its headquarters in Mumbai and pronounced the orders on the tainted cricketers.

"Chandila is held guilty of misconduct and corruption within the Articles 2.1.1; Article 2.1.2; Article 2.1.3; Article 2.1.4; Article 2.2.2; Article 2.2.3; Article 2.4.1 of the BCCI Anti Corruption Code and is banned for life from playing or representing cricket in any form or to be associated in any way with the activities of the Board or its Affiliates,” a BCCI release said.

Chandila was one of three RR cricketers who were in the middle of a spot-fixing scandal that erupted in 2013 and tarnished the image of Indian cricket. But a MCOCA court in Delhi had last year dropped all charges against Chandila, S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and 39 other individuals who had been chargesheeted by the Delhi Police.

However, that decision did not impact the life bans on Sreesanth and Chavan imposed by the BCCI.

Meanwhile, the BCCI on Monday also found Shah guilty of making a ‘fixing’ approach to fellow Mumbai player Pravin Tambe.

“Shah is held guilty of committing breach of Articles 2.1.1; Article 2.1.2 and Article 2.1.4 of the BCCI Anti Corruption Code is banned for five years from playing or representing cricket in any form or to be associated in any way with the activities of the Board or its Affiliates,” the release said about the decision on Shah.

He was suspended from all forms of cricket in July last year when he was found in breach of BCCI's anti-corruption code. Shah had challenged his suspension in the Bombay High Court.

Also part of the controversy, Pakistan umpire Asad Rauf is being investigated by the BCCI and Mumbai police for his involvement in the spot-fixing case. Rauf has since then denied the allegations but has not come to India so far to present his case. Pakistan Cricket Board and the International Cricket Council (ICC) had also dropped Rauf from their elite lists after the allegations surfaced.

“The hearing of Asad Rauf was also scheduled for on Tuesday. However, he did not appear in person but sent a reply stating that no fair inquiry has been conducted in his matter and hence a de novo inquiry be held by appointing another inquiry officer. The said request was rejected by the Disciplinary Committee.

“The Committee gave Rauf a final opportunity to submit his written statement if any, and produce documents on which he proposes to rely on before February 9, 2016. The date of the hearing and the final order has been scheduled for February 12, 2016, at Cricket Centre, Mumbai," the BCCI release read.



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