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BCCI should disqualify IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings: Supreme Court

MUMBAI: In what could have major ramifications for the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL), the Supreme Court of India has said that the BCCI should disqualify the franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK). There will be no further inquiry into the case.

The apex court noted that there is a conflict of interest. “The duty of Srinivasan as BCCI president and interest as CSK owner, this is where the conflict of interest lies. You must take action. Now you have facts,” the court told the BCCI.

It has also asked for details regarding ownership of that franchise. “What is more important? The chair or the franchise? Show the exact shareholding pattern of India Cements. Who is controlling CSK? Why didn’t the BCCI disqualify CSK? How can you say there is no conflict of interest?” the apex court asked.

“Srinivasan’s position as CSK owner might have come in way of him conducting a fair tournament,” the court noted.

The court has proposed that the BCCI election may be held, but persons named in Mudgal report must not contest. The elections are supposed to take place on 17 December.

The BCCI submitted that an external commission will be set up to hand out punishment to all those found guilty in the Mudgal report. In response, the SC said the BCCI must put an end to all these controversies.

On Twitter former IPL chairman and commissioner Lalit Modi wrote, “No man or no player is above the game. This clean-up must happen now. We cannot afford to wait for future clean-ups. Game is on its knees. Names of players need to be exposed as in the Mudgal report—Supreme Court must expose. No matter how big the player is. Only a directive of the Honourable Supreme Court can save the game loved and worshipped by a billion people. It’s been a long hard war.

“Only with my dedicated perseverance we have been able to see the case reaching so far. If I had been in India my hands would have been probably tied and I would not have been able to expose mafia owner of CSK and India Cements modus operandi. Today cleared by all agencies including winning my passport back—still not been able to get #false #fir registered in #chennai heard or removed. So much is the clout of the India Cements mafia boss over the #police in his state and likewise on everything else around him. Final word on Srini—if he thinks we are fools, think again.”