BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has submitted a petition in the Madras High Court challenging the suspension of IPL teams - Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals - alleging that former IPL boss Lalit Modi had 'influenced' the course of events that resulted in the action against the two 'star teams' of Indian Premier League.
In his petition, Swamy sought a stay of the order passed by Justice RM Lodha Committee banning CSK and Rajasthan Royals from the League following the 2013 betting scam allegedly involving their top officials Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra.
He said, "Lalit Modi has been influencing the course of events and this only raised serious concerns regarding the legitimacy of the proceedings before the honourable courts which ultimately culminated in the suspension of CSK and Rajasthan Royals."
He said CSK and its owner and Rajasthan Royals have suffered great injustice and that material he possesses shows an "unfair and one-sided adjudication process" resulting in the suspension.
He put forward that the "material alarmingly highlights the sacrifice of public interest and the manner in which certain persons as TV media panelists have sought on behalf of their benefactors and special interest to target the leading champions innovator of Twenty-20 cricket, ie CSK..."
They were pursuing CSK through "highlighting N Srinivasan's son-in-law's alleged indiscretion through this new brand of sensationalistic press to discredit CSK and knock them out from competing against inferior rivals and thus to settle private scores," he said.