SC interim order on IPL spot-fixing.


Court :
Supreme Court of India

Brief :
The bench comprising of Justice A.K. Patnaik and Justice F.M.I Kalifulla passed an interim order appointing Mr. Sunil Gavaskar as an interim President of the BCCI and stated that no player or team is prohibited from participating in IPL 2014.

Citation :

SLP(C) NO.25027 of 2013

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ITEM NO.55              COURT NO.5             SECTION IX

            S U P R E M E   C O U R T   O F   I N D I A

                         RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS

                   

Petition(s) for Special Leave to Appeal (Civil) No(s).25027/2013

(From the judgement and order dated 30/07/2013 in PIL No.55/2013

of The HIGH COURT OF JUDICATURE AT BOMBAY)

BOARD OF CONTROL FOR CRICKET                      Petitioner(s)

                 VERSUS

CRICKET AASOCIATION OF BIHAR & ORS.               Respondent(s)

(With application for urging additional grounds, permission to

file additional documents, prayer for interim relief and office

report)

WITH SLP(C) NO. 26633 of 2013

[CRICKET ASSOCIATION OF BIHAR V. BOARD OF CONTROL FOR CRICKET IN

INDIA & ORS.]

(With  application  for  amendment  of  the  petition,  directions,

intervention prayer for interim relief and office report)

Date: 28/03/2014  These Petitions were called on for hearing today.

CORAM :

        HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE A.K. PATNAIK

        HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE FAKKIR MOHAMED IBRAHIM KALIFULLA

For Petitioner/    

Applicant          Ms. Harish N. Salve, Sr. Adv.

Mr. Gagan Gupta, Adv.

Mr. Chandrashekhar Verma, Adv. 

In SLP 25027  Mr. C.A. Sundaram, Sr. Adv.

                   Ms. Radha Rangaswamy, Adv.

For Applicant (s)

Ms. Rohini Musa, Adv.

Mr. P.R. Raman, Adv.

Ms. Akhila Kaushik, Adv.

Ms. S.P. Arthi, Adv. 

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in IA 5 Mr. Maninder Singh, Sr. Adv.

Mr. Tejveer Singh, Adv.

Mr. Gaurav Sharma, Adv.

For Respondent(s)

For BCCI Mr. C.A. Sundaram, Sr. Adv.

                   Ms. Radha Rangaswamy, Adv.

Ms. Rohini Musa, Adv.

Mr. P.R. Raman, Adv.

Ms. Akhila Kaushik,

Ms. S.P. Arthi, Adv. 

For RR 2 Mr. Sandeep Sethi, Adv.

Mr. Hari Shankar K., Adv.

Mr. Aditya Verma, Adv.

Mr. Anshuman Upadhyay, Adv.

For RR 3 Mr. Mukul Rohatgi, Sr. Adv.

Mr. S. Ganesh, Sr. Adv,.

Mr. T.K.  Bhaskar, Adv. 

Mr. K. Harishankar, Adv.

Ms. Lakshmi Shankar, Adv.

Mr. Aditya Verma, Adv.

Mr. Anshuman Upadhyay, Adv.

Mr. Vikas Singh Jangra, Adv.

For RR 4 Mr. Vikash Singh, Sr. Adv.

Mr. Anish Dayal, Adv.

Mr. Siddharth Vaid, Adv.

Mr. Anshuman Srivastava, Adv.

Ms. Tamali Wad, Adv.

For RR in 25027

- CAB Mr. Harish N. Salve, Sr. Adv.

Mr. Gagan Gupta, Adv.

Mr. Chandrashekhar Verma, Adv. 

Mr. T.R. Andhiyarujina, Sr. Adv.

Mr. Mukul Rohatgi, Sr. Adv.

Mr. Amol Chitale, Adv.

Ms. Pragya Baghel, Adv.

Mr. Shomik, Adv.          

           UPON hearing counsel the Court made the following

                               O R D E R 

Leave granted.

These  two  civil  appeals  arise  out  of  PIL

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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 16

and  it  will  take  some  more  days  after  16

th

 April, 2014

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.  

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 April,

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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  16

th

 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.

Considering the fact that Mr. Sunil Gavaskar was

a  cricket  player  of  great  repute  and  eminence,  a

captain of the Indian Cricket team for a long period

and  has  a  wide  experience  in  cricket  related

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activities and of men and matters, we appoint him,

as an interim measure, to function as and exercise

the powers of the President of the BCCI in relation

to  the  IPL,  2014  till  we  hear  and  deliver  the

judgment in these matters.  We make it clear that

with regard to all other matters of BCCI, the senior

most Vice-President of the BCCI, Mr. Shiv Lal Yadav,

will discharge the functions of the President of the

BCCI.

We  also  direct  that  till  we  deliver  the

judgment,  none  of  the  employees  of  India  Cement

Limited or its associate companies (except cricket

players  or  commentators)  will  perform  any  of  the

duties assigned to them by the BCCI and the Interim

President,  Mr.  Sunil  Gavaskar,  will  have  power  to

engage the services of such persons on whom he has

confidence for work in connection with the IPL 2014.

We also direct that it is for Mr. Gavaskar to

decide  as  to  whether  Mr.  Sundar  Raman,  Chief  IPL

Operator  would  continue  in  the  IPL,  2014  or  some

other arrangement has to be made in his place.  In

case of any difficulty, Mr. Gavaskar may apply to

this Court for appropriate orders.  

Mr.  Gavaskar  will  not  work  as  a  Commentator

during this period as an Interim President of the

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BCCI  in  relation  to  IPL  matters  and  he  will  be

adequately  compensated  for  his  loss  of  income  for

this period by the BCCI.  The compensation amount

will be determined after the Court resumes hearing

on 16

th

 April, 2014.

We make it clear that we have not passed any

order  preventing  any  player  or  any  team  from

participating in the IPL Tournament 2014.

List for further hearing on 16

the top of the Board.

[KALYANI GUPTA]

COURT MASTER

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[SHARDA KAPOOR]

COURT MASTER

 

Vineet Kumar
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