Expressing his disappointment over the whole controversy, Shahrukh on Sunday, June 9 asserted that team owners should not indulge in betting practices. Shahrukh's statement surfaced days after the news regarding alleged involvement of two franchise owners in betting row.
Gurunath Meiyappan, who was known as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) team principal, was arrested and later was released on bail. He reportedly had confessed to betting and also was accused of supplying crucial team information to bookies.
Raj Kundra, owner of Rajasthan Royals (RR), landed in the controversy recently. Kundra was grilled by Delhi Police and his involvement in betting was confirmed by Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar.
Speaking about Kundra, Shahrukh said, "I'm sure he (Raj Kundra) will fight this battle legally and something will come out of it. Raj is one of my friends and he doesn't need it."
Rajasthan Royals Friday said its co-owner Kundra will be suspended and his shares will be forfeited if he is found guilty in the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot fixing and betting scandal.
Rajasthan Royals chairman Ranjit Barthakur and chief executive Raghu Iyer in a joint statement said that the franchise was co-operating with Delhi Police in the investigation. They said that Kundra is only a minority share holder (11.7 percent) and is not involved in running the team.