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Plea in court seeks government takeover of BCCI, IPL

ESPNcricinfo staff

May 22, 2013

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Protesters make their voices heard in the wake of the IPL spot-fixing revelations, New Delhi, May 17, 2013
The spot-fixing saga has given birth to several protests and PILs © AFP
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The Madras High Court has issued notices to the BCCI president and the IPL chairman, among others, on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by a Madurai-based lawyer seeking a government takeover of the administration of the BCCI and the IPL. The lawyer, V Santhakumaresan, alleged that the Indian board had failed to promote the game, and that conduct of certain activities and the receipt of income were totally commercial without any objective of charity.

He asked the court to direct the CBI to conduct an investigation into match-fixing, betting and the BCCI's source of income and financial status, and sought a stay on IPL matches to be played from May 22 to 26.

Meanwhile in a decision similar to the one given by the Supreme Court of India on Tuesday, the Delhi High Court quashed a PIL refusing to ban the IPL, saying the apex court had already dealt with the issue. A division bench of the high court refused to hear the issue related to spot-fixing in the IPL, but agreed to hear a separate issue which sought the segregation of the IPL form the BCCI.

The Supreme Court had rejected a petition filed by a Lucknow resident to stay the IPL playoff matches until the completion of investigations of the alleged spot-fixing in the tournament.

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Posted by ShreekumarMenon on (May 26, 2013, 5:24 GMT)

We all Indian's aware of BCCI's power and there strength of a Autonomous body.The credentials of BCCI is already tarnished by Politicians and Corporates.Cricket should be protected from this people forever.Please stay away the Politcians and Corporates from this governing body .Here every Indian they are not at all happy with BCCI'S recent act. one of the richest Sports Body of the world for the sake of Indian Cricket.My personal request to is the Honorable Supreme Court should find a amicable solution to save Indian Cricket.Otherwise the future of the Indian cricket is dusky and corrupted .Also the sake of Indian Cricket the Honarable court and Parliament should find something as meaningful and worthy.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2013, 10:59 GMT)

All cricketers will become poor like the Hockey players !!! and nethas and relatives will be richer by a few billion dollars.

Posted by Sandt on (May 23, 2013, 10:06 GMT)

If Govt take over it will be end of cricket in India. Also we may get more scams like 2G etc which is rocking govt now. And our politicians will destory this sport as they will be happy to get BCCI under them to make money.Dont do this mistake please

Posted by thinkgood on (May 23, 2013, 9:18 GMT)

Cricket will end up just like Hockey or Olympics in India - if govt takes over cricket. The fun of cricket lies in its prioritization and capital raised there by. Also corruption will be more and uglier . Dont make that mistake please.

Posted by katrapatim on (May 23, 2013, 1:00 GMT)

Take over by the Govt.. and then what? Lead it down the IOA way? The solution does not lie there. It lies in tying down the players by legal contracts and stringent deterrents including recovery of all match fees paid, annulling of records etc.,. Frequent dipsticks on their contacts would help act as an effective check mechanism, even if it is intrusive.

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (May 22, 2013, 13:34 GMT)

Surely a government take over is against ICC regulations which require the State not to have any influence over the National Board. I know SLCB, Bangladesh and Pakistan were singled out about 18-24 months ago because of the influence their governments had over the national board, and they were given time to cut the apron strings.

Posted by   on (May 22, 2013, 12:50 GMT)

If Govt takes over, there will be more such issues..

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