HC slaps notice to BCCI, HPCA

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Shimla
  • Updated: Oct 14, 2014 20:37 IST

The Himachal Pradesh high court issued notices to the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA), Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), state government and Kings XI Punjab team for not paying expenses incurred on providing security cover for the matches played in Dharamsala cricket stadium, on Tuesday.

Issuing the notice, a division bench comprising Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Chauhan directed the respondents to file their responses within four weeks and listed the matter for further hearing on December 9.

The bench passed this order on a petition filed by one Vinay Kumar, alleging that the HPCA and BCCI had not paid even a single penny to the state government for security charges and other legal dues since 2010, when the first IPL match was played at Dharamsala stadium.

It was also stated in the petition that more than 1,500 police personnel are deployed everytime at Dharamsala stadium for more than a week to provide security during the match and the government spends at least `1 crore for security from taxpayers' money.

It was further alleged that the government had earlier spent around `10 crore on security for previous matches, but did not receive anything from the HPCA.

It was claimed in the petition that cricket body is earning crores of rupees from TV rights, from IPL franchisee and other sources, but is not paying legal dues to the government.

The petitioner cited examples of Punjab police, Mumbai police and Madhya Pradesh police recovering security expenses from respective cricket bodies and pleaded for directions to the HPCA to pay legal dues.

Until now, at least nine IPL matches and an international match was played on the stadium and one more international match is scheduled to be played at Dharamshala Cricket Stadium on October 17.

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