India suspends two top cricket teams for illegal betting and match fixing

An Indian Supreme Court panel has suspended two Premier League cricket teams after being found guilty in an illegal betting and match-fixing probe.

The Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were banned for two years, according to media reports. The panel also suspended Royals co-owner Raj Kundra and Gurunath Meiyappan of Super Kings from all cricket-related activities for life.

The IPL is the richest of the world’s Twenty20 cricket leagues.

The panel was formed in January following an investigation by a separate committee into wrongdoing in the 2013 tournament.

Test bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth and his former Rajasthan Royals team-mate Ankeet Chavan were banned for life by the BCCI after being arrested in May 2013 on suspicion of taking money to concede a minimum number of runs.