HC recalls ex-parte proceedings against Board of Cricket control in India

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Shimla
  • Updated: Mar 17, 2015 19:58 IST

The Himachal Pradesh High Court on Tuesday recalled the ex-parte proceeding initiated against the Board of Cricket control in India (BCCI) regarding nonpayment of expenses incurred on security.

A division bench comprising of chief justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan passed the order on a petition filed by Vinay Sharma, which alleged the Himachal Pradesh cricket association (HPCA) and BCCI had not paid the state for security arrangements and other legal dues including taxes since 2010 when the first IPL match was played at the HPCA stadium in Dharamsala.

The court directed HPCA and BCCI to file their replies before May 19, the date fixed for the next hearing on the matter.

Meanwhile, the government submitted it had framed a sports policy on September 26, 2014. It said HPCA and BCCI had not paid anything to the government on account of security charges for IPL matches organised at the HPCA stadium.

Further, the government submitted according to the new policy, security arrangements made by the police for commercial sports tournaments like the IPL would be charged while international matches, being noncommercial, would not levied any taxes. Also, prior to March 31, 2011, 'sports' was exempted from taxes but after that date the state began levying entertainment duty on five IPL and one-day international matches, it added.

The government also stated maintenance of law and order was one of the primary functions of the state and it was incumbent upon the government to deploy adequate police forces to maintain law and order. It further submitted that since 2010 nine IPL matches and two one-day international cricket matches have been played on the stadium and the state had incurred total expenses of Rs 64,975,645 for deployment of police personnel.

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