IPL fixing allegations May 21, 2013

India's Supreme Court rejects petition to stay IPL playoffs

ESPNcricinfo staff

The Supreme Court of India has rejected a public interest litigation (PIL) to stay the IPL playoff matches until the completion of investigations of the alleged spot-fixing in the tournament. It has, however, given the BCCI a 15-day deadline to conclude its investigation, which is being carried out by the board's anti-corruption unit chief Ravi Sawani.

The PIL, filed on Monday by a resident of Lucknow, sought a stay on the playoffs and the setting up of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe spot-fixing. The petitioner had asked that the matches be put off until the SIT completed its inquiry.

In its ruling, the court observed that cricket was a gentleman's game "and it should remain as gentleman's, not tainted". At the same time, it said was not a case for the court to "interfere and ban matches".

It was critical of the BCCI's attitude. "Definitely, there is some kind of irregularity. But the biggest problem is the lackadaisical attitude of BCCI. It should stop. There has to be some scientific, dispassionate and impartial approach to solve these problems."

It warned that the viewers "may not be able to retain their quietus" if the BCCI didn't act.

The Delhi High Court, on Wednesday, also rejected a similar petition that sought a stay on the IPL matches.*

*08.45GMT, May 22: The article has been updated after news of the Delhi High Court's ruling came in

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  • Keith on May 23, 2013, 1:37 GMT

    I find the excerpts from the Supreme Court's opinion disjointed and their overall impact close to bizarre. Even taking into account the pace of events and the pressure this placed on the Court, I think the opinion is indicative of how ill-prepared government at any level is to confront the problems plaguing cricket in particular at the moment and sport in general. It is yet one more signal that it is down to cricket institutions to deal effectively and long-term with fixers and the culture of betting encompassing the Great Game like a grey fog. I add my voice to the growing chorus of calls for BCCI to take full responsibility for IP'L's good name and integrity, and further remind the ICC that it ultimately holds the key to cricket's unity and future. As Ian Chappell has said elsewhere, previously extraordinary measures such as life bans on offending players must become the norm along with a truly proactive and penetrative anti-corruption programme functioning across the board.

  • Sagar on May 22, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    There's no point in stopping it abruptly, in fact its good as police are inquiring and they have an opportunity to catch people who are still trying to spoil the sport..

  • John on May 21, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    Good ruling. IPL should continue at least to showcase young talent. Few rotten eggs should not spoil it for others.

  • Travis on May 21, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    Common sense prevailed. No point in stopping the IPL. Should try to stop match/spot fixing.