IPL COO Sundar Raman resigns

In an effort to clean up the system, the BCCI promptly accepted Raman's resignation. It is learnt that he was asked by the BCCI President, Shashank Manohar, to put in his papers by October 31.

File photo of Sundar Raman (right).   -  K. Bhagya Prakash

Indian Premier League Chief Operating Officer (COO) Sundar Raman has resigned from his position, putting an end to the intense speculation over his future in the wake of the change in regime in the BCCI.

In an effort to clean up the system, the BCCI promptly accepted Raman's resignation. It is learnt that he was asked by the BCCI President, Shashank Manohar, to put in his papers by October 31.

“Yes, Sundar Raman has resigned. I can confirm that,” BCCI Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) said on Tuesday.

According to a top source, Raman met BCCI president Shashank Manohar in Nagpur on Monday and submitted his resignation.

Soon after taking charge for the second time, Manohar had expressed his displeasure over the BCCI's decision to retain Raman after his name had cropped up in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal.

2013 IPL spot-fixing allegations

Raman faced a lot of flak following the outbreak of 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal involving former Board President N. Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan and Rajasthan Royals' then co-owner Raj Kundra.

Despite all the controversies, Raman managed to persist for two years.

In December last year when the Supreme Court made certain parts of the Mudgal Committee report public, Raman was decreed to have been "in touch with a contact of a bookmaker eight times during the 2013 IPL season." The Mudgal Committee in its report had observed that Raman's role should be further investigated.

Justice Mukul Mudgal, who headed the probe committee, on Tuesday welcomed Raman's resignation.

“There were allegations that incidents of betting were reported to him but no action was taken. That has been put in our report that we submitted to the court,” Justice Mudgal said. “The Honourable Supreme Court observed that further investigation of his role should take place. He should have resigned when the Supreme Court ordered an investigation. These are personal decisions and one can't impose one's moral standards on the other. But better late than never."

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