Calling the decision to suspend Indian Premier League’s franchises Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) an ‘enormous injustice’, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has moved the Madras High Court seeking revocation of the two-year suspension served on the two teams.
Swamy, who has filed a petition with regards to this case, said:
“Action against CSK and RR is the result of an unholy criminal conspiracy hatched by a proclaimed offender, and those others who have vested interests, to take control of cricket as a money-laundering machine and a dispenser of vice,”
He then went on to quote extensively from media reports and other sources and said that former IPL boss Lalit Modi had been influencing the course of events in the IPL case and blaming unauthorised Cricket Association of Bihar for vesting the litigation.
“Entire proceedings before the Bombay high court, the Supreme Court, the Justice Mudgal Committee and the Justice R M Lodha Committee, which culminated in the suspension of CSK and RR, stand completely vitiated on account of the motivated and vested litigation instituted by the Cricket Association of Bihar,”
Calling CSK the pride of Tamil Nadu, Swamy went on to defend BCCI’s former President N Srinivasan.
He said that Srinivasan was sought to be removed from the BCCI and ICC “despite being free from any criminal blemish in his conduct”.
Swamy added that he was ready to furnish materials available with him to the court in a sealed envelope.
He also alleged that people with vested interests have been assisting Lalit Modi in the latter’s mission to defame Srinivasan.
“Sections of media and vested interests joined hands and knocked out CSK from competing against its inferior rivals, and to settle private scores. Various persons have been assisting Lalit Modi to bring about the suspension of two cricket teams – CSK and RR – and the downfall of Srinivasan through false media propaganda.”
Following this petition a bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice T S Sivagnanam, before which the matter came up, has agreed to add the petition to the ongoing cases, including the one filed by CSK’s new owners Chennai Super Kings Cricket Ltd. The cases would taken up on September 23 for hearing.