Raj Kundra & Sachiin Joshi Fight Over Match IPL Controversy

Fri / February / 2018

Today we have some steaming controversial news from the world of Indian poker for all our readers! Recently it was found that Raj Kundra and Sachiin Joshi are accusing one another of fraud & deceit. Why? Kundra, Shilpa Shetty’s husband and former owner of Rajasthan Royals of IPL, had a sour fallout with actor and gutka baron Sachiin Joshi over the Match Indian Poker League. Both have now filed legal cases over the issue. This latest poker news India controversy has surely made headlines across all leading news portals in the country.

A Matter Of Deceit & Fraud

Match IPL was launched in 2017 by Raj Kundra under the supervision of the International Federation of Match Poker (IFMP). He claimed that Sachiin had bought ‘The Goa Kings’, a franchise in his league and gathered extensive “publicity” from it. However, it is alleged that Joshi defaulted on his payment of franchisee fee amounting to INR 40 lakhs. Kundra also alleged that Sachiin did not reply back to his repeated phone calls and texts after the cheque given by him was dishonored. He stated that Match IPL will be forced to take legal action against Sachiin Joshi for non-payment of dues.

However, the representatives of Joshi have claimed that no contract was signed with Match IPL and hence the payments were not made. What makes this news even more controversial is that Joshi alleged the Match IPL tourney held in November last year was rigged. He believes the organisers have manipulated the tournament so that a specific team would win the tournament. Things got even bitter when both Raj Kundra and Sachiin Joshi took to Twitter and made personal comments against each other.

Manoj Asrani, Group CMO of Sachiin’s organisation Viiking Ventures, called Kundra a “con man,” and said “Raj Kundra initiated a poker tournament by the name of Match IPL and around 10 teams were formed. There were commitments made and the same weren’t delivered. When we got to know that the tournament was rigged for a specific team to win, we withdrew our participation and did not sign any agreement. We made sure that the payments don’t clear as there was nothing to pay for and also informed other partners that we are out of this fraudulent tournament. We are pursuing this legally and will make sure that this goes through the right justice channels.”

“Impossible For Match Poker To Be Rigged”

Regarding the allegations made by Joshi, the International Match Hold ’em Sport Confederation stated “Match Poker as a sport is completely transparent and cannot be ‘rigged’ in any way or form. We are shocked and saddened by these allegations (of rigging) being made by Mr. Sachiin Joshi as they are completely false.”

Moreover, the President of the International Federation of Match Poker (IFMP), Patrick Nally said “It is impossible for Match Poker to be ‘rigged’ or the system to be gamed. I can assure you that nothing of that sort has been done and the Match IPL, and Match Poker, is a clean and completely honest professionally run sports league. Mr. Sachiin Joshi’s allegations are unfounded and without any basis. Unless an unconditional apology is rendered by him immediately, we will be forced to explore our legal options against Mr. Sachiin Joshi.” The IFMP is the supervising body which oversees the management of match poker tournaments.

We hope the issue is resolved in the most professional manner without any further personal attacks so that the Indian poker industry does not get adversely affected by this controversy.

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