All IPL fans will never be able to see the franchise in action ever again
Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise the Deccan Chargers have officially been terminated after the Supreme Court rejected their plea to put a stay on the Bombay High Court’s order to terminate them.
The chief justice of India, Altamas Kabir heard what the franchise owners had to say, but in the end, refused to give them a stay.
The owners of the Chargers immediately went to the Supreme Court after the High Court overruled the arbitrator’s plea to put a stay on the termination of the franchise.
As of right now, there are only two ways the Chargers can make a return.
First is if the Bombay High Court judge reverses his decision to terminate the franchise once he hears detailed arguments from both sides on October 29, and second is if the court-appointed arbitrator, CK Thakkar, decides that the basis on which the termination was ordered were not correct.
The owners of the Chargers had approached Thakkar on October 12 when the franchise failed to meet the deadline for their Rs 100 crore ($19 million) payment as instructed by the Bombay High Court.
Thakkar immediately issued a stay on the High Court’s orders, but this was met by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) filing an ad-interim order, whereupon Justice RD Dhanuka rejected Thakkar’s plea to keep the stay in place.
The Chargers’ owners then filed a special leave petition (SLP) under Section 9 in front of Dhanuka, but once again Dhanuka ruled in favour of the BCCI without hearing any comment from the board’s lawyer Raju Subramaniam.
In a last ditch attempt, the Chargers filed a petition in the Supreme Court requesting the SLP be stayed.
A BCCI official said: “That SLP was dismissed today. That means the order of the Bombay High Court has been confirmed and the termination will now stand, I think they have played their last card. I do not think they have any further cards.”
The official also believes that the hearing on October 29 will do no good in helping the Chargers get the stay that they so desperately want.
“There are so many more grounds for termination, so I don’t even know if the arbitration would go on. Because they were supposed to file their statement of claims today in front of the arbitrator, which they did not, it would be difficult for the court to reverse its order because it was a reasoned order given at the ad-interim stage without even the BCCI counsel’s response. The BCCI lawyers are yet to argue their case completely and that could further worsen the situation for the Chargers. And with this affirmation by the Supreme Court, we do not think the judge would change his view,” the official added.
In a statement released, the BCCI stated that “all [Chargers] players’ dues for the last season have been met”.
The BCCI have already begun floating a tender, which would invite bidders to have the opportunity of getting their city to be the new IPL franchise.