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BCCI loses first round, HC gives relief to Kings XI

In a relief for Kings XI Punjab, Bombay High Court today stayed the termination of the IPL franchise's agreement by the BCCI. Justice S J Vazifdar remarked that going by the documents, Kings XI had "made out a strong case".

cricket Updated: Dec 09, 2010 02:23 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) appears to have lost the first round in its tussle against the Indian Premier League teams Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals it terminated over alleged violation of shareholding.

The Bombay High Court, on Wednesday, stayed the termination of King’s XI Punjab’s franchisee contract, allowing it to continue in the league. The single judge bench of Justice SJ Vazifdar gave the order.

The IPL team would, however, have to furnish two bank guarantees to the BCCI by January 3 – $18m (Rs 82.80 cr) and $ 3.5m (Rs 16.10 cr). The consortium led by actress Priety Zinta, industrialist Ness Wadia, and businessmen Mohit Burman and Karan Paul will also have to meet other conditions. Sources indicated that the BCCI would challenge the HC order. “We have not received the copy of the order yet. I can’t say what our course of action will be,” said BCCI president Shashank Manohar.

First Published: Dec 08, 2010 18:57 IST