Delhi High Court Refuses to Ban IPL Matches

May 22, 2013

The Delhi High Court refused to ban the remaining Indian Premier League (IPL) games and said that the apex court had already dealt with the matter.

The Supreme Court rejected a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) to stay the PL playoff matches on Tuesday and a similar case has been thrown out in Delhi.

A division bench of Chief Justice D. Murugesan and Justice Jayant Nath refused to hear the probe into the spot fixing case but did agree to hear another issue – that the IPL be segregated from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

The bench said: “Supreme Court has already dealt with the issue of banning the IPL and monitoring of probe… Counsel is also not pressing for the above prayers and for another prayer of the plea seeking segregation of IPL from BCCI, counsel to amend the prayer.”

Petitioner NGO Association for Social and Humanitarian Affairs said: “The IPL’s model seems to be designed specifically to suit the requirements of the mafia to quickly and efficiently churn huge sums of money using the routes of hawala.

The petition read: “The strategic time out of two to three minutes while the game is being played is misused as being the only opportunity for interactions between the players and the bookies to influence the result of the match and session and thereby cheat the nation.”