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Supreme Court said this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament could be allowed to start on April 16 only if Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals are kept out in view of the corruption charges involving their players and officials
Invoking the spirit of ‘Satyameva Jayate’ — the national motto which means truth alone prevails — the Supreme Court on Thursday raised the heat on the BCCI, saying this year’s IPL tournament could be allowed to start on April 16 only if Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were kept out in view of the corruption charges involving their players and officials.
A bench of Justices AK Patnaik and FM I Kalifulla also proposed replacing BCCI chief N Srinivasan with former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar as its interim head until the court decides the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal case. The court also said employees of Srinivasan’s firm India Cements, which owns CSK, should be kept out of the BCCI. The board has been asked to reply to the proposals on Friday when the court has said it will will pass appropriate orders.
After a rap on the knuckles by the court on Tuesday, Srinivasan told the court that he was willing to step aside and not function as the BCCI chief till a probe into the IPL corruption saga was on. He pressed for a time-bound probe. While underscoring his statement, the bench said that for the time-being it will not pass any order on his removal, but would definitely lay down conditions for IPL-7 to go on in the wake of the incriminating findings by the Mudgal panel which was appointed by the court.
“This is what we propose to do regarding the IPL. We will say Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals are not going to be allowed. We will pass orders tomorrow,” the bench said.
BCCI counsel CA Sundaram maintained it was difficult to rescind a franchisee agreement just like that, but the court reminded him how the board suspended Rajasthan Royals part-owner Raj Kundra and also Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan for betting in sports.
“If you can do this for them, you can do this for the team as well. You must be having such powers under the rules. Then, this is going to be only an interim arrangement. We are going to hear you before passing final orders,” it said.
The court asked the BCCI to get in