New Delhi:The IPL auction on Wednesday in Bangalore will go ahead as scheduled, the Supreme Court said observing that its decisions would be without prejudice to the order of the apex court in the betting and spot-fixing case. “Any decision taken in the IPL auction of players should be without prejudice to the order that may be passed by this court,” a bench comprising justices A K Patnaik and F M I Kalifulla said while making it clear that it will look into the response of all stake holders on March 7 on the report of the Committee that inquired into the betting and spot fixing allegations in the last edition of IPL.
The bench made the observation after BCCI submitted that it should hear on March 7 itself an application in which direction has been sought that players’ auction for IPL 2014 should be subject to order passed by it on the report of a committee probing the betting and spot-fixing scam of last championships allegedly involving Gurunath Meiyappan of CSK.
BCCI’s counsel CA Sundaram said if the application is taken up immediately, any observation made by the apex court will have a bearing on the auction taking place on February 12 and 13.
The application filed by Aditya Verma, Secretary of CAB, sought an interim order for the BCCI on the IPL auction. The application said if the report is adverse to CSK then the team’s participation in this year’s IPL will be untenable.