New Delhi: Delhi High Court on Friday dismissed a Public interest Litigation (PIL) which had challenged auctioning and selling of cricket players as part of Indian Premier League (IPL). The writ petition sought direction to scrap or nullify the practice and declare the "system of bidding/auctioning /selling of international player for the name of game as illegal".
The court also imposed a cost of ₹25,000 on the petitioner and said that it would be deposited in the Juvenile Justice Fund within six weeks.
The order was passed by a division bench comprising of Chief Justice D.N. Patel and C. Hari Shankar.
The court also remarked that the allegation of sale or auction as mentioned in the petition is "derogatory to national players".
“This, public interest litigation is for having failed to regulate, ban, stop and curb the menace of human bidding, selling through auctioning, vis-a-vis players in utter irrational, illegal manner with unreasonable, arbitrary, reckless, unbridled, highly irresponsible attitude and working of Government, BCCI, IPL administrative committee and all teams' management, which promote corruption, nepotism and human trafficking by selling of players through open bidding on national television by broadcasting on almost all the channels and other media platforms and also on print media," the plea reads.
"The auctioneer is generally not the seller but the agents of the goods (i.e. the players) and the whole system indulge in illegal activity, i.e. sale of human/ people in open bidding / auction etc. on national T.V. channels and through different media modes. Along with goods sold (i.e. the players) the agents are getting huge money, which is more than ₹1,000 crore, and also international Currency abroad, and is a big source of money laundering etc. and in making a huge gap of rich and poor and accumulating money through this illegal act of human bidding, selling and auctioning etc," the plea further added.