Senior IPS officer G Sampath Kumar has approached toward the Madras High Court looking for restraining orders on the up coming matches of the Indian Premier League. In an public interest litigation filed in court, he has expressed that the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) should not conduct the IPL matches until the point that careful steps are brought in place to prevent betting and spot-fixing.

All the eight IPL groups – Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Daredevils, Kings Xi Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad-have been made parties respondents in the PIL. Among these, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals will be a part of the tournament after a gap of two years.

Sampath has asserted that as an investigating officer from Chennai, he had exposed the IPL betting scam. The then superintendent of police (SP) in the ‘Q’ branch of the Tamil Nadu Police, Sampath Kumar had then been suspended for 4 years for professedly taking bribes from bookies accused in the IPL betting scam in 2013. Be that as it may, he was restored in March 2018 after the charges against him were rejected. Amid the investigations concerning the scam, names of a few prominent cricketers, among others, had surfaced.

Sampath has said that he isn’t looking for a ban on the IPL however just needs a system to be brought in function before the new season starts to prevent cases of betting. He included that he needs an interval order from the court to limit the BCCI from conducting the matches without bringing the system into operation. The request is required to be heard on Wednesday.

The eleventh season of the IPL is booked to start on April 7. The opening match will be held between defending champions Mumbai Indians and the Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium.

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