Contesting the recovery suit filed by the Chandigarh Police through the UT administration for recovery of security bills of more than Rs 8 crore pending since 2010 from Kings XI Punjab, the team owners have prayed for the dismissal of the suit.
“Providing security is the duty of the police and Kings XI Punjab had never asked for extra security during the matches,” submitted Kings XI Punjab Dream Cricket Private Limited, which owns the cricket team.
The Kings owners termed the suit filed as “baseless, misconceived and, therefore, not maintainable”.
Kings XI submitted, “In any event, the state/police has an obligation to provide adequate security for various events to ensure law and order. Kings XI never made requests for additional security.”
The case will come up for hearing on May 29.
The UT police had impleaded owners of Kings XI Punjab, Ness Wadia and Preity Zinta, along with the CEO and general manager of the team, by name in the recovery suit, against which the Kings XI has moved an application seeking dropping of their names.
The UT police, in their reply, submitted that they were shareholders and owners, thus their names could not be dropped.
In a unique recovery suit, the Chandigarh Police, through the UT administration, have moved the court to recover the security bills of more than Rs 8 crore pending since 2010 from Kings XI Punjab and the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA).
The suit has been filed through the UT home secretary to recover the pending dues for providing security to Kings XI Punjab and other teams playing the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the PCA stadium in SAS Nagar from 2010 to 2012; and to the PCA during the World Cup matches in 2011.
The UT police in March 2013 had written to the UT home department regarding the recovery of Rs 8.92 crore for providing security to the IPL franchisee. However, despite repeated reminders, no efforts have been made on behalf of the Kings XI management to clear the outstanding bills.
The audit report of 2012 had also raised an objection against the police’s failure to recover the dues.