SC reserves order in plea against two-year ban on Chennai Super Kings

Supreme Court hears a plea by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy to revoke the ban against Chennai Super Kings


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.  Photo: Mint
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. Photo: Mint

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved its order in a plea challenging the two-year ban imposed by the court against Indian Premier League (IPL) team Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

A bench led by chief justice T.S. Thakur heard a plea by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy to revoke the ban against CSK.

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, and was 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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