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Royals and Super Kings hit with IPL suspension proposal

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The Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings franchises should face two-year suspensions from the Indian Premier League (IPL) over links to the 2013 corruption scandal, a committee appointed by India's Supreme Court has recommended.

Sanctions were handed down by the Lodha Committee, which was formed in January to determine appropriate punishments for those found to have committed any wrongdoing in relation to illegal betting and spot-fixing.

The committee also served Gurunath Meiyappan - son-in-law of International Cricket Council chairman Narayanaswami Srinivasan - and ex-Royals co-owner Raj Kundra with life suspensions from all forms of cricket.

Meiyappan - a former team principal of the Super Kings - and Kundra had previously been found guilty of betting during the 2013 IPL season.

The committee dismissed arguments that the actions of the pair were personal and not related to their official capacities, with retired chief justice of India RM Lodha saying: "Disrepute has been brought to cricket, the BCCI [Board of Control for Cricket India] and the IPL to such an extent that there are doubts abound in the public whether the game is clean or not."

Although the decisions of the committee are intended to be binding, it is thought continuing criminal proceedings against some of the accused could open the door for aggrieved parties to challenge its proposals.

Investigations into BCCI chief operating officer Sundar Raman continue.

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