IPL scandal: SC to hear Subramanian Swamy’s plea to overturn ban on CSK

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy had challenged the 2-year suspension of CSK in a betting and spot-fixing scandal in 2013, alleging that the ban was unjustly imposed


A Supreme Court-appointed panel headed by former judge R.M. Lodha suspended CSK and Rajasthan Royals IPL for two years. Photo: Mint
A Supreme Court-appointed panel headed by former judge R.M. Lodha suspended CSK and Rajasthan Royals IPL for two years. Photo: Mint

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to grant urgent hearing to Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy’s plea seeking revocation of a two-year old ban imposed on Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK). 

A bench comprising Chief Justice T.S. Thakur and justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud asked Swamy to mention the plea next week and have it listed before the court. 

A Supreme Court-appointed panel headed by former judge R.M. Lodha suspended CSK and Rajasthan Royals IPL for two years in the wake of a betting and spot-fixing scandal in 2013. 

Swamy had challenged the suspension, alleging that the ban was unjustly imposed. He had also filed a similar plea before the Madras High Court which was dismissed in January. The high court also dismissed an appeal against the ban filed by CSK. 

The panel suspended Gurunath Meiyappan, team principal of CSK, and Raj Kundra, owner of Rajasthan Royals, for life from all cricket-related activities for betting and bringing the IPL and the game of cricket into “disrepute”.

The three-member committee, comprising Lodha and former Supreme Court judges Ashok Bhan and R. Raveendran, was constituted by the apex court on 22 January, mandated to determine the punishment that Meiyappan and Kundra and their franchises should receive. The panel was also asked to suggest administrative reforms within the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The court recently approved the recommendations and granted the BCCI six months to implement them. 

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