Live updates: Supreme Court judgment on IPL controversy

The sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was rocked by betting and fixing charges. A case was filed in 2013 and the final verdict by Supreme Court is expected on Thursday.

Justice TS Thakur and FM Ibrahim Kalifullah will deliver the verdict. The man in the spotlight is N Srinivasan who has been charged in the case of ‘conflict of interest’ because of his links with India Cements who owns the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) team.

His son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan has been charged of betting and thus, there has been calls for termination of the CSK from IPL . Also, under scanner is IPL chief operating officer Sundar Raman.

Srinivasan has maintained that he is innocent and has not budged down from his post officially. Thursday’s SC proceedings will be closely followed by the world media as people wait to know what the verdict is.

The judgement has been deferred till 2.30pm

2. 44pm Times Now reports “SC: Gurunath Meiyappan involved in IPL betting.”

2.47pm Times Now reports “Meiyappan and Raj Kundra were team officials. Kundra was given a chance to be heard.”

2. 48pm Times Now reports: “BCCI functions are amendable  to judicial review.”

2.49pm Times Now reports: “State has chosen not to bring law to check board monopoly.”

2.50pm Times Now reports: “Supreme Court says that the BCCI’s functions are  ‘public functions.’”

3.00pm Headlines Today reports: “Clean chit to N Srinivasan on cover-up charges.”

3.05pm Times Now reported that there were “suspicion of cover up” on Srinivasan says Supreme Court, so there are no proves.

3.06pm Times Now reports: “Amendment to clause 6.2.4 regarding administrators holding commercial interesting have been upheld by Supreme Court.”

3.08pm Media reports: “Clause that allowed Srinivasan to buy stake  in IPL team upheld by SC.”

3.12pm The SC has concluded there was nothing improper about the BCCI’s amendment to Rule 6.2.4 that allows a BCCI official to hold a commercial interest in the IPL and Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20).

The Court upholds the allegation that the amendment created a conflict of interest.

3.13pm SC has observed that Srinvasan being the BCCI President, along with CSK owner has created the situation of conflict of interest.

3.16pm Charges of conflict of interest against Srinivasan  upheld by SC

 3.20pm SC has observed, “Argument that N Srinivasan held miniscule share in India Cements misleading.”  

 

3.25pm SC says “need for institutional integrity that needs to be brought into the game of cricket.”  

 

3.28pm SC says, “Game is a game only if it is pristine and free from any sporting fraud.”  

 

3.30pm SC says, “No BCCI administrator can have any commercial interest.”  

 

3.32pm: SC has said that an independent committee consisting  Justice Lodha, Justice Bhan and Justice Ravindran will decide action against CSK and Rajasthan Royals and not BCCI.    

3.35pm: SC verdict: Srinivasan can not contest next BCCI elections.

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The BCCI elections have to be held within six weeks.  

 

Even amid all the seriousness of an important Supreme Court is under way, the highpriests of humour are able to inject small doses of humour in the situation.

 

Back to SC observations.

3.50pm SC says, “BCCI did not adhere to prescribed procedures while conducting probe in IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal.”

3. 56pm  The panel has six months to decide punishment for CSK and RR. However, it is not clear if both these teams can participate in the IPL 2015 or not.

The panel who will decide the punishment:

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