The Madras High Court on Wednesday issued notices to the Board of Control for Cricket in India and the Centre, asking them to respond to a public interest litigation seeking a ban on the Indian Premier League till a credible system is set up to prevent match fixing, The Hindu reported.
Senior police officer G Sampathkumar, who was one of the main investigators in the 2013 spot-fixing case, filed the plea, The Times of India reported. “Contrary to the Lodha Committee report, vested interests still continue to be protected in the IPL and the questions of conflict of interest remain unaddressed by the BCCI,” he told the court. Sampathkumar also said that the cricketing board does not have a system to hold accountable its anti-corruption unit, or a database of bookies and fixers.
The police officer, who said he did not want the tournament to be banned, in his petition accused the Tamil Nadu Police’s Criminal Investigation Department of trivalising match-fixing allegations and converting the case into an offence under the Gaming Act.