HC dismisses PIL seeking end to public auction of IPL players

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Friday dismissed a petition urging the court to stop public auction of players for Indian Premier League (IPL) matches saying the enslaved cricketers were not complaining.

The public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Aam Aadmi Lok Manch had said that auction of human beings violates their constitutional and human rights.

According to the petition, such an auction is an infringement of human rights under the United Nations charter on human rights. It added that the players are being treated as "slaves" by auctioning them.

A division bench of Justices S J Vazifdar and G S Patel today, however, observed that if the cricketers themselves have no problem in being auctioned then why should a third party raise the issue.

In a lighter vein, Justice Vazifdar said, "Slaves are not complaining" following which the bench dismissed the petition.

The PIL was filed in April this year soon after the auction held on February 2 in Chennai for the IPL tournament.

The petition had sought a direction to BCCI to stop such inhumane treatment and refrain from such public auction of players.

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