In a sensational twist to the Indian Premier League's (IPL) spot-fixing scandal, the Supreme Court on Thursday proposed to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals should not be allowed to participate in the seventh season of IPL beginning April 16 in the UAE.
Controversies and IPL have gone hand in hand since the inception of the league in 2008, but in May last year, it attained monumental proportions when three Rajasthan Royals (RR) players were arrested on the charges of spot-fixing, followed by the former CSK Team Prinicipal and Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan's involvement in betting.
Let's take a look at the timeline of events that started on May 16, 2013.
May 16, 2013
Three Rajasthan players - S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila - are arrested on charges of spot-fixing.
BCCI suspended all three with immediate effect. Delhi Police showed the footage from games in which the three bowlers agreed to concede runs for exchange of money in a pre-arranged deal. The arrest of RR players followed several raids and arrests, including a former RR player turned bookie Amit Singh and former Vidarbha player Baburao Yadav.
May 21, 2013
Police arrests small-time Bollywood actor Vindoo Dara Singh for his links with bookies.
May 23, 2013
The Mumbai Police summons Meiyappan for his links with bookies through Vindoo.
May 24, 2013
Meiyappan finally appears before Mumbai Police, followed by his arrest.
That followed a knee-jerk reaction from India Cements and CSK, who deleted all mentions of Meiyappan from their documents, while denying that he was never the CSK Team Prinicipal, though he was often seen sitting in the team's dug-out and his accreditation card showed him as Team Prinicipal. Srinivasan called Meiyappan as just a "cricket enthusiasts" as the BCCI suspended him.
June 2, 2013
BCCI concludes that Srinivasan should "step aside" until the investigations are completed as the board appoints its own two-member committee of retired judges T Jayaram Chowta and T Balasubramainan to look into the allegations.
June 6, 2013
Delhi Police says Rajasthan Royals' co-owner Raj Kundra has confessed to betting. The BCCI suspends Kundra from the IPL pending inquiry.
June 11, 2013
Sreesanth and Chavan get bail from a Delhi court. On the same day, BCCI's Anti-Corruption and Security officer Ravi Sawani submits his interim report.
July 28, 2013
BCCI's two-member committee of retired judges Chowta and Subramaniam finds nothing against CSK, RR, Kundra and India Cements. That allowed Srinivasan to return as the BCCI president.
July 30, 2013
Cricket Association of Bihar chief Aditya Verma files a PIL against the BCCI in the Bombay High Court. The HC rules the BCCI's two-member probe panel as unconstitutional according to the BCCI constitution.
August 5, 2013
BCCI files a Special Leave Petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court against the Bombay High Court's decision.
The grounds of BCCI's SLP was that they are a private body, which holds HC's verdict untrue. The same was admitted by the SC two days later.
August 30, 2013
Supreme Court sends notices to Rajasthan Royals, India Cements and BCCI based on Verma's PIL.
September 9, 2013
Chandila gets bail.
September 13, 2013
BCCI bans accused RR players.
Sreesanth and Chavan were slapped with life bans and Amit Singh banned for five years. Siddhath Trivedi, who was found guilty of not reporting an approach for spot-fixing, was banned for one year. Spinner Harmeet Singh was cleared with no evidence against him.
September 29, 2013
Supreme Court permits Srinivasan to contest BCCI elections, but stops him from assuming BCCI office, pending the probe.
October 7, 2014
Supreme Court appoints a Justice Mukul Mudgal-led commission to look into the IPL controversy. The commission also included N Nageshwar Rao, Nilay Dutta besides Mudgal himself.
February 10, 2014
The Mudal commission submits its report to the Supreme Court.
It found Meiyappan involved in betting. But the biggest shock was that it named a few India players involved in the scandal, including one who was part of the 2011 World Cup squad. The names were not disclosed and kept under wraps in a sealed envelope in court's custody. Court was adjourned until March 7.
March 7, 2014
BCCI files an affidavit admitting Meiyappan was part of the CSK franchise as an 'official'.
But the board held firm against the suspension of Chennai franchise on the basis that the franchise agreement talks about the wrongdoings of an 'owner' and not an 'official'. The envelope remained sealed as the SC adjourned the matter until March 25.
March 25, 2014
The Supreme Court suggests the BCCI that Srinivasan should step down to allow a fair probe into the IPL scandal, calling it 'nauseating' with Srinivasan as BCCI head. The court gives BCCI two days' time to decide, but Srinivasan refuses to budge and decides to fight a legal battle.
March 27, 2014
The Supreme Court proposed the BCCI that Sunil Gavaskar should be named as the interim chief of the Indian cricket board and Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals suspended from IPL 7.