New Delhi: The Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing and betting saga took another interesting turn on Thursday with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) approaching Madras High Court against Justice Lodha committee verdict, which suspended the franchise.
The star-studded Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led CSK and Rajasthan Royals (RR) were suspended for two years from the cash-rich IPL by the Supreme Court-appointed committee in a cricket clean up, which was hit by the 2013 scam involving their respective 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 that runs RR, were banned for life from participating in any cricketing activity.
These punishments were handed down by a three-member panel headed by former Chief Justice of India RM Lodha, on the guidelines of the apex court, which asked it to decide the quantum of punishments to those who were found guilty of betting.
Citing the Supreme Court's observations in its January 22 order, the committee held that the actions of Meiyappan, who was considered the face of CSK, and Kundra had brought into "disrepute" the game of cricket, BCCI and IPL and they deserved no leniency.
But, soon after the announcement of the verdict, CSK owners have reportedly planned a Supreme Court move to challenge the pronouncement.
In between, reports of BCCI wanting to keep the two suspended franchises have been doing the rounds ahead of it's scheduled working committee meeting on August 28 in Kolkata. In such a back-drop, moving the court to challenge the Justice Lodha committee verdict may well prove to be a well-planned step from CSK.
(With Agency inputs)