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IPL Tickets: BCCI to Consider Plea Seeking Action Against Black Marketing

In an order dated April 26, 2024, the Madras High Court directed respondent no.1, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), and respondent no.3, the Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu, to decide on the petitioner’s plea regarding the sale of IPL tickets in the black market.[1]

The petitioner approached the Madras High Court concerning his plea, filed in March 2024, requesting the respondents to take stringent action against the sale of IPL tickets at higher rates and in the black market. This representation also called for intervention with respect to the failure to follow norms by certain authorities in M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, and respondent no.5, the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association, in selling cricket match tickets. In this regard, reference was made to the arrests made by police for the illegal sale of tickets.

After hearing the parties, a Bench of Chief Justice Sanjay V Gangapurwala and Justice J Sathya Narayana Prasad gave directions to respondent no.1 and respondent no.3 to hear and decide on the petitioner’s representation. The said authorities have been asked to communicate their decision to the petitioner. However, the order does not refer to any timeline within which this exercise has to be completed.

[1] A Sathiya Prakash v. The Board of Control for Cricket in India and Ors. (WP No. 11463 of 2024)