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HC upholds arbitrator’s stay on Rajasthan Royal’s termination

Mumbai: In a major reprieve to Indian Premier League franchisee Rajasthan Royals, the Bombay High Court today upheld the order passed by an independent arbitrator granting stay to the termination of its contract by the BCCI.

Justice S J Vazaifdar today dismissed an appeal filed by BCCI challenging the stay granted by the arbitrator and permitted Rajasthan Royals to participate in the IPL-4 auction that is to be held on January 8 and 9.

The Court, however, imposed a condition on Rajasthan Royals directing them to file an affidavit before it by January 3 specifying full details of its ownership pattern and mode of control.

“It is necessary that the bonafides of the three owners – Emerging Media (IPL) Ltd, Tresco International and Bluewater Estates Ltd – are established. BCCI is entitled to call for full disclosure of ownership under the franchisee agreements,” the court observed.

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