Chennai Super Kings may be barred from IPL auction

Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals face the possibility of being banned from the Indian Premier League auction next year.



Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals face the possibility of being banned from the Indian Premier League auction next year. Cricket Association of Bihar secretary Aditya Verma said that he would file a petition with the Supreme Court to not allow the two franchises to participate till the probe into the alleged spot-fixing and betting scandal in the sixth season of the cash-rich league is complete.

“We will file an application requesting the honourable court to at least disallow the two franchisees, Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings, from taking part in the auction till the time the final report of the probe is out,” Verma told Deccan Chronicle.

The apex court on Tuesday appointed a three-member panel comprising former Punjab and Haryana high court chief justice Mukul Mudgal, senior advocate and additional solicitor general L. Nageshwar Rao and Assam Cricket Association member Nilay Dutta to look into allegations of alleged corruption in IPL-6.

Verma also said that he was happy that the SC has formed a new probe panel and directed the BCCI not to interfere in any manner.

“My plea for the formation of an independent commission has been allowed, why I shouldn’t be happy? The court has given power to the panel and if there is some interference by anyone within the board, it can approach the court in that case. I have faith in the judiciary," he told Deccan Chronicle.

Verma’s fight with the BCCI started in July when he filed a petition in the Bombay High Court questioning the clean chit given by the Board’s two-member commission- comprising former judges Jayram Chouta and R Balasubramaniam in the spot-fixing scam.

The Bihar association had argued in court that a previous internal BCCI probe had absolved BCCI president N Srinivasan, his son-in-law and team principal of CSK, Gurunath Meiyappan, India Cements and other IPL officials of wrongdoing even before police had filed charges in court.

The new Supreme Court-appointed panel, whose expenses will be borne by the BCCI, was given four months to submit its findings to the court; that deadline, however, is likely to overlap the dates for the IPL auction.

The probe will be separate from investigations by police, who have filed charges in court against a string of officials, players and bookmakers for illegal betting on the IPL.


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