Mumbai: Congress party’s union minister and ex-BCCI president Sharad Pawar was on Wednesday issued a notice by the Bombay High Court, making him and the Centre respondents to the IPL controversy.
BCCI’s billion dollar domestic T20 League, IPL, is embroiled in allegations ranging from fund misappropriation to black money laundering and its chief Lalit Modi’s ouster did not completely let the other concerned parties off the hook, as the latest order from the Bombay high Court makes Pawar party to the entire fiasco that involved names from the political as well as the capitalist arena.
Reprimanding the Congress government, the HC asked, “Is there any code of conduct for ministers holding posts in sports bodies?”
The notice comes at a time when Raj Thackeray led MNS is raising the entire controversy as a fraud against the nation and is calling for its complete ban.
Bombay High Court also directed that Union of India be made a party to a PIL filed by a Shiv Sena leader regarding levy of entertainment tax on IPL.
The court also allowed the petitioner Shiv Sena Subhash Desai to make Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar a party to the case since there are some allegation against him in the petition.
The PIL demands that Maharashtra government should recover entertainment tax from the IPL organisers.
It also alleges that the state government in January this year had decided to levy entertainment tax on IPL, but the decision was not implemented.
The court adjourned the hearing till June 22.