Mumbai:The stay obtained by Rajasthan Royals against their expulsion from the IPL may constitute only temporary relief but it is an emphatic endorsement of its contention that it did not violate the ownership agreement and that the IPL was aware all along of the franchise's alleged violations that formed the basis for its termination. The order of Justice BN Srikrishna, challenged on Thursday by the BCCI in Bombay High Court, also spells out why Rajasthan should be allowed to take part in the player auction.
The thread running through the 41-page order, a copy of which is with ESPNcricinfo, is Srikrishna's consistent assertion that the BCCI knew all along the composition of Rajasthan's ownership and by communicating with it for those three-odd years - including accepting the guarantee money - effectively approved of it. "At this prima facie stage at least, (it appears) that the Respondent (BCCI) was very much aware of who the original bidders were, who the ultimate controllers were, and the fact that the Applicant (Jaipur IPL) was a part of the group companies or entity controlled by the original bidders. The protestations to the contrary appear to be contrived and too facile to cut ice."