Bombay High Court Terms IPL As Polluted Entertainment
By CricShots - Jan 30, 2018 10:32 am
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On Monday, in a recent development, the Bombay High Court asserted that young cricketers only wanted to make money by playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and that it was “no more a clean entertainment” as it is violating the foreign exchange rules.

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A division panel was hearing an appeal filed by former IPL chairman Lalit Modi, challenging a July 2015 order of the examining officials of the Enforcement Directorate (ED). The ED alleged invasions of foreign exchange rules during the 2009 edition of IPL, which took place in South Africa.

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The examining officials had recorded the statements of seven signatories, including senior BCCI officials, against Modi, but did not allow him to cross-examine them. Modi’s senior lawyer Aspi Chinoy, on the converse, explained that his fundamental rights would be disrupted if he was not allowed to cross-examine the witnesses.

With Modi’s absence, the question arose of what purpose was the hearing served by stagnating the case on such small issues for so long. The panel also explained to Chinoy who is appearing in place of Lalit Modi if the latter (who is believed to be in the UK) was ready to return to India and face these proceedings.

Speaking on the matter, Justice Dharmadhikari was quoted saying by The Statesman, “This issue is pending for long. What is the point? The larger public interest is to defeat foreign exchange violations. Looking at the serious allegations, we feel IPL is no more a clean entertainment. Young cricketers just want to play in IPL and earn Rs five to ten crore in one tournament and not play for the country.”

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The adjudication procedures against Modi regarding a bank account opened by the BCCI and IPL officials in South Africa ahead of the 2009 edition of the IPL was started by the ED in 2013. An estimation of around USD five crore was transacted to the bank account in breach of the FEMA if reports are to be believed.

After much study and discussions, the panel will be giving its final verdict on the matter on Wednesday which will shed some conclusion and knowledge about the flaws.