Chennai: The Madras high court on Wednesday declined to lift suspension of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) from IPL, saying the petition filed by the team’s new owner CSK Cricket Limited was not maintainable.
The first bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice T S Sivagnanam also dismissed the PIL of BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on the same grounds.
When Swamy said he had not been permitted to argue the case, the bench said the window of the Supreme Court order did not allow the high court to entertain the petition against CSK’s suspension.
Minutes after the verdict, Swamy told media persons that he would move the Supreme Court against the ruling, which in any case did not go into the merit of the issue. “In the judgment, there is nothing against the facts we argued,” he said, adding that it had been rejected on the ground of maintainability.
The Justice Mudgal committee, which probed the betting and spot fixing allegations, was formed by the apex court on October 8, 2013. It filed the report on February 9, 2014.
After its report, the apex court formed the Justice Lodha Committee to determine the quantum of punishment. On July 14, 2015 the committee imposed life ban on Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra, and suspended Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals for a period of two years.
CSK Cricket Limited has filed the present petition saying the Justice Lodha Committee ought to have heard it before passing the suspension order, as the panel had been duly informed that ownership of the team had changed from India Cements Limited to it. The sanctions imposed by the Lodha Committee were illegal and beyond the reference made by the Supreme Court in its order dated January 22, 2015, the petition said.
On Wednesday, after the court proceedings, Swamy said no player of the CSK team had been named as suspect, leave alone being found guilty, of match-fixing. “How can they be punished for the alleged misdemeanor of Gurunath Meiyyappan,” he asked, adding, “There is no allegation of match fixing against him, too.”
He also reiterated his charge that the entire PIL proceedings against CSK and former BCCL boss N Srinivasan were funded by Lalit Modi. “I am going to tell the Supreme Court that it was not a genuine PIL proceedings,” he said.
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