Chennai: Indian Cements Ltd (ICL), owner of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) is planning to move the Supreme Court against the order of the court appointed committee suspending the team from Indian Premier League for two years.
Top sources in the company said they held discussions on the Lodha committee recommendations and decided they would approach the apex court seeking relief.
Star-studded Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals were suspended for two years from the IPL by a Supreme Court-appointed committee in a clean up of cricket hit by the 2013 betting scam involving their top officials Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra.
Meiyappan, a former Team Principal of India Cements Ltd (ICL)-owned franchise CSK and Kundra, co-owner of Jaipur IPL that runs Rajasthan Royals (RR), were suspended for life from any matches conducted by BCCI.
Seen as a clean-up of the mess following the worst scandal that broke out two years ago in the popular cricket league, the punishments were handed down by a three-member panel headed by former CJI R M Lodha which was asked by the Supreme Court to decide the quantum of punishments after finding them guilty of betting.
Citing the Supreme Court's observations in its January 22 order, the committee held that the actions of Meiyappan, considered the face of CSK, and Kundra had brought into "disrepute" the game of cricket, BCCI and IPL and they deserved no leniency.
Shocked by the order, the owners of CSK, whose top players include top India players Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, held discussions with their lawyers and have planned to move the apex court against the panel's decision.
Similarly, Rahul Dravid mentored RR, whose players include stand-in India Captain Ajinkya Rahane and Stuart Binny, were also said to be planning moves to seek relief.
Since it is a Supreme Court appointed committee, entrusted with the task of giving the quantum of punishment, experts feel the teams may not get the relief they expect.
The IPL, which has eight teams now, could go in for inclusion of two more franchises under a new arrangement that could include players from the two suspended teams.
On its part, the BCCI has called an emergent meeting of its working committee to discuss the future course of action in the wake of two teams exiting the IPL.
Rejecting the stand of India Cements that it has a long history of contribution to cricket and cricketers, the Lodha committee held this "cannot be accepted in view of the fact that due to the act of Gurunath Meiyappan, Team Official of CSK, who happened to be the son-in-law of Shri N Srinivasan, Managing Director of ICL and the then BCCI President, the purity of the game has been affected and the contribution, if any, made by the franchisee has also been wasted because millions of people who are true lovers of the game feel cheated.