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HC reserves orders on CSK plea challenging Lodha panel order

The Madras High Court on Monday reserved orders on a petition filed by Chennai Super Kings challenging the orders of the Justice Lodha Committee suspending it for two years.

The First Bench, comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice TS Sivagnanam, reserved orders on the plea and said the petition filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy "is subject to the result of the present petition."

The court had on December one rejected a plea by Swamy for an early hearing of his PIL challenging the suspension of CSK and Rajathan Royals from IPL and made it clear that it will come up on December 14 and 15, which was scheduled earlier.

When the petition filed by CSK challenging the orders of the Lodha Committee came up today, BCCI informed the Court that it has not recognized CSK as franchise for IPL.

Senior counsel for BCCI A.L.Somayaji submitted that CSK Cricket Limited is only a brand name of the franchise owned by India Cements Limited. He submitted that the franchise agreement was between BCCI and India Cements and India Cements has no right to assign or delegate ownership-- even if it does it should be done with prior permission from BCCI.

He argued that CSK Cricket Limited which got transferred the ownership from India Cements Limited was not at all an aggrieved party and hence the liberty given by the Supreme Court that the aggrieved can approach the appropriate forum for remedy will not entitle CSK to file the petition.

He submitted that BCCI is a society registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act.
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