Will IPL Be Stopped Soon? Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Plea Against Jay Shah & Sourav Ganguly

IPL Supreme Court

The Corona pandemic has had a significant negative impact on the Indian Premier League (IPL). Two phases of the IPL last season were played. India hosted the opening stage of the competition. The remaining matches were played in the UAE at the same time because many of the players tested positive for COVID-19.

The game that was played in India caused a lot of controversies, and a petition was also submitted to the Supreme Court on this subject.

A petition from last year was heard by the Supreme Court. According to the petition, criminal charges were sought against Jay Shah and Sourav Ganguly for staging IPL games and putting their lives in danger while working on COVID.

The Supreme Court examined the entire case and refused to hear it further, providing relief to the BCCI. This petition, in the opinion of Chief Justice of India UU Lalit, has no purpose. UU Lalit added that IPL was planned in a “bio bubble” and that players were given a lot of consideration.

Due to this, there was a demand to stop IPL

Last year IPL 2021 was played amid the Corona pandemic. This series of IPL happened in 2 parts. IPL was started in India itself, but after many players came to Corona positive, this tournament was played in UAE. A petition was filed in the Supreme Court during the matches played in India. In this petition, there was also a demand to ban the matches and take action to put the lives of the players at risk.

Supreme Court decision

“With regard to rest of the prayers, we see no reason to entertain this petition,” said a bench of Chief Justice U U Lalit and Justice S R Bhat. The petitioner addressed the judge during the hearing that the plea was filed during the COVID-19 period when a lockdown was implemented in all cities.

“It has become infructuous now,” the bench observed. The petitioner insisted that an investigation be started into why IPL games were held during the COVID-19 outbreak when the terrible virus was killing people.

Even migrant labourers were not permitted to move during the covid-induced lockdown period, he claimed. The panel noted that various safety measures were implemented during the IPL and that this was an activity that was approved by the relevant authority.

“You are again mixing up certain things. There were certain zones, certain times, certain periods within which there was no activity. There were certain relaxations which happened thereafter,” The court observed when the petitioner mentioned his other requests, including having the permit to hold the IPL withdrawn and having the organisers criminally prosecuted.

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