Kings XI Punjab in danger of facing suspension after co-owners’ drug abuse
Kings XI Punjab Co-owner, businessman Ness Wadia was convicted of a drug offense while skiing in Japan and has been sentence to two years of imprisonment.
According to reports of Financial Times, Sapporo District Court has suspended Wadia’s sentence for two years.
Business Tycoon Wadia (47) repeatedly denied the reports of being arrested but acknowledged the possession of drugs saying it was for his ‘personal usage.’
“Mr. Wadia spent a period in detention before his indictment on March 20 and an undisclosed period of detention before a court hearing. The Sapporo District Court handed him a two-year prison sentence, which was suspended for five years,” the Financial Times claimed.
Ness is the eldest son of Bombay Dyeing group chairman Nusli Wadia, who according to Forbes, has a net worth of $ 7 billion.
The heat of the scandal led the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to consider the cancellation of his IPL accreditation hence Kings XI Punjab are in danger of facing suspension.
While the matter is required to be first sent to the commission for investigation, the commission will then forward its finding to the ombudsman.
As per the IPL Operational Rules accessed by IANS, clause 14 of section 2 of the IPL Operational Rules state that each person subject to the operational rules shall not, whether during a match or otherwise, act or omit to act in any way which would or might reasonably be anticipated to have an adverse effect on the image and/or reputation of any Team, any Franchisee, any Player, any Team Official, the BCCI, the League and/or the Game or which would otherwise bring any of the foregoing into disrepute.
It further state that the ombudsman and the commission may suspend a team or franchisee from the league if any person representing the team/franchise breaches clause 14 of section 2.