Shrugging off the liability of paying dues to the Chandigarh Police for providing security during the World Cup matches in 2011, the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) said they have no agreement with the cops for providing security during matches, thus they are not liable to pay.
The PCA’s reply tows the line that KPH Dream Cricket Private Limited, which owns and operates a cricket team under the name Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), took while filing reply to the recovery suit filed by the UT police through Chandigarh administration.
The UT police had footed a bill of Rs 4.62 crore for providing security during three matches played at the PCA Stadium during World Cup 2011.
In a reply submitted before judicial magistrate KK Jain, PCA submitted, “There was no agreement with the Chandigarh Police for providing security during World Cup matches held at SAS Nagar, thus we are not liable to pay as there is no privity of contract.”
Just like KXIP, the PCA in its reply submitted, “Maintaining law and order is the duty of the police and the match had a number of dignitaries both national and international, thus the security was provided during the match, but the PCA never asked for the same.”
The PCA seeks dismissal of the suit for being time barred by submitting that all such cases are to be filed within three years.
The case would now come up for hearing on July 27. KXIP has already sought dismissal of suit terming it baseless.
It may be mentioned that KXIP, while contesting the recovery suit filed by the Chandigarh Police through the UT administration for recovery pending security bills, termed the same as “baseless, misconceived and therefore, not maintainable,” KXIP made a prayer for dismissal of the suit.
In written submissions made, KXIP submitted, “In any event the state/police has an obligation to provide adequate security for various events to ensure law and order. KXIP never made requests for additional security.”
In a unique recovery suit, the Chandigarh Police through the UT administration have moved the court to recover pending security bills of more than `8 crore pending since 2010 from KXIP and PCA.
The suit has been filed through the UT home secretary to recover pending dues for providing security to KXIP as well other teams playing the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) stadium in SAS Nagar from 2010 to 2012; and to the PCA during the World Cup matches in 2011.
The Chandigarh Police in March 2013 had written to the UT home department regarding recovery of Rs 8.92 crore for providing security to the IPL franchisee.
However, despite repeated reminders, no efforts have been made on the behalf of Kings XI management to clear the outstanding bills.
The audit report of 2012 had also raised an objection against the failure to recover the dues.