Court to hear plea seeking IPL ban Wednesday

New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) The Delhi High Court is likely to hear Wednesday a plea seeking a ban on Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket matches till fool-proof measures are taken to stop alleged corrupt practices in sports.

A division bench of Chief Justice D. Murugesan and Justice Jayant Nath posted the plea for Wednesday after Additional Solicitor General Rajeeve Mehra, appearing for the sports ministry, told the bench that a similar petition was listed for hearing before the Supreme Court.

Petitioner NGO Association for Social and Humanitarian Affairs also sought a direction that Board of Control for Cricket in India be taken over by the sports ministry.

The NGO sought judicial supervision of the investigation into the IPL spot-fixing case.

Advocate Rahul Raj Malik filed the public interest litigation (PIL) for the NGO and said: “The IPL’s model seems to be designed specifically to suit the requirements of the mafia to quickly and efficiently churn huge sums of money using the routes of hawala.”

“The strategic time out of two to three minutes while the game is being played is misused, as being the only opportunity, for interactions between the players and the bookies to influence the result of the match and session and thereby cheat the nation,” the petition said.

The case came to light with Delhi Police arresting three players in a post-midnight operation in Mumbai May 16 for spot-fixing in IPL matches for payments of up to Rs.60 lakh just for giving away a pre-determined number of runs in an over.

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