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IPL franchise owner suspended after admitting illegal betting

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has once again been shrouded in betting controversy as the co-owner of one of the league’s biggest franchises has been suspended following an admission of illegal betting.

Raj Kundra of the Rajasthan Royals, and husband of former Celebrity Big Brother winner and Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty, has been suspended pending an inquiry – according to the BCCI’s interim president Jagmohan Dalmiya at a press conference in New Delhi on Monday.

This comes following the arrest and suspension of three players of the franchise in May 2013 after spot-fixing allegations.

This is not the first time the Royals have been in the media spotlight for the wrong reasons; in 2010 they were threatened with expulsion from the league amid ownership confusion. However, after appealing to the high court they were able to fulfil their fixtures.

Rajasthan Royals were the first winners of the IPL in 2008, under the captaincy of Shane Warne, but have since failed to replicate such success; they were defeated by eventual winners Mumbai Indians in the second qualifier of this campaign.

The suspension comes just days after former IPL treasurer Ajay Shirke's claim that sports betting should be legalised to remove the ‘shady characters’ from the game.

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