HC Decision on Rajasthan Royals likely on Monday

The Bombay High Court is expected to announce on Monday its verdict in the Rajasthan Royals case, where the BCCI has appealed against the stay granted on the franchise's expulsion by an independent arbitrator. Justice S Vazifdar, who is hearing the case, had granted an interim injunction to Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday, restoring to the team all its rights under the IPL franchise agreement, subject to certain conditions. The similarity between that case and Rajasthan's prompted speculation of a similar judgement today.
Rajasthan had gone to court against the board's decision in October to expel them for alleged violations in shareholding pattern and ownership control, before both parties decided to settle the issue through arbitration. But in a setback for the BCCI, the arbitrator, Justice BN Srikrishna, observed that the board was aware all along of the franchise's alleged violations that formed the basis of the termination, and that Rajasthan had not, in fact, violated the ownership agreement.