Supreme Court refuses to ban IPL matches

Last Updated: Tue, May 21, 2013 10:42 hrs

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a plea seeking stay on remaining four Indian Premier League (IPL) matches, including the final match, in the view of the recent spot-fixing scandal.

The apex court directed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to take action against those found guilty and asked it to ensure that cricket remains a "gentleman's game". " Main problem is BCCI's lackadaisical attitude," added the SC.

The court also ordered the one-man commission appointed by the BCCI to submit its report in connection to the matter within two weeks.

A bench of justices B.S. Chauhan and Deepak Misra gave the order while hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Lucknow resident Sudarsh Awasthi seeking stay on all IPL matches till probe into the spot-fixing scandal is completed.

"There are many irregularities in the IPL beginning from auction of players. Black money and money from anti-social elements are involved in the IPL, which needs to be probed," read the PIL submitted by Awasthi.

Meanwhile, three arrested cricketers - S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan - underwent a last round of questioning on Tuesday before they were taken to court in connection with the IPL spot-fixing scandal.

The trio will be produced in court as their five-day custody ended on Tuesday.

Rajasthan Royals players Sreesanth, Chandila and Chavan were arrested along with 11 bookies from Mumbai on May 16 for their role in spot-fixing.

The Delhi Police said they will seek further custody of the three players and bookies.

IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals has filed an FIR against Sreesanth, Chandila and Chavan.

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