SLP (C) Nos. 25027 and 26633/2013. Case: 1. Board of Control for Cricket, 2. Cricket Association of Bihar and Ors. Vs 1. Cricket Association of Bihar and Ors., 2. Board of Control for Cricket in India and Ors.. Supreme Court
|Case Number:||SLP (C) Nos. 25027 and 26633/2013|
|Party Name:||1. Board of Control for Cricket, 2. Cricket Association of Bihar and Ors. Vs 1. Cricket Association of Bihar and Ors., 2. Board of Control for Cricket in India and Ors.|
|Judges:||A.K. Patnaik and Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla, JJ.|
|Issue:||Indian Premier League Rules|
|Citation:||2014 (4) SCALE 420|
|Judgement Date:||March 28, 2014|
Leave granted. These two civil appeals arise out of PIL Petition No. 55 of 2013 filed in the Bombay High Court by the Cricket Association of Bihar. In the PIL before the Bombay High Court, serious allegations of betting and spot fixing in IPL 2013 have been made against Mr. Gurunath Meiyappan as the alleged Team Principal of Chennai Super Kings and also allegations of betting have been made against the Part-Team Owner of IPL Franchisee-Rajasthan Royals.
The team owner of Chennai Super Kings is India Cements Limited of which Mr. N. Srinivasan, the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India [for short 'the BCCI'], is the Managing Director and Mr. Gurunath Meiyappan is the son-in-law of Mr. N. Srinivasan.
We have heard these matters in part and posted these matters for further hearing to 16th April, 2014 and it will take some more days after 16th April, 2014 for hearing to be completed and for judgment to be delivered.
Mr. N. Srinivasan, the President of the BCCI, has made a written offer through his counsel that till investigation into which the allegations against him is completed he will not discharge any of the functions of the President of the BCCI.
Mr. Harish N. Salve, learned Senior Counsel appearing for the Cricket Association of Bihar, however, submitted that no further investigation into the allegations against Mr. Srinivasan is necessary as the findings of the IPL Probe Committee appointed by this Court and the materials relied on by the said Committee for the findings are sufficient for this Court to remove Mr. Srinivasan from the post of the President of BCCI as prayed in the PIL filed before the Bombay High Court.
As we are yet to hear all the parties in these matters, we cannot at this stage form any opinion and pass orders on the basis of such opinion for removal of Mr. Srinivasan from the post of the President of the BCCI.
The IPL 2014 is, however, scheduled to commence on 16th April, 2014 and we have to pass interim orders to ensure that all those who love cricket continue to watch cricket in IPL 2014 and the matches are played by the players in accordance with the IPL Rules.
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