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Zee to sue BCCI Vice President

The media group has accused Lalit Modi of indecent behaviour and threatened legal action against him.

india Updated: Apr 07, 2006 11:04 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Zee Group on Thursday clashed with Indian cricket board (BCCI) accusing its Vice President Lalit Modi of indecent behaviour and threatened legal action even as BCCI officials stoutly contested the charge.

When contacted Modi said, "I have heard of sour loser and never of sour winners. I only protested against leakage of information to media and did not use any abusive language against Zee official".

Zee officials were protesting against Sahara's bid for overseas telecast rights, but I told them not to leak it to media, Modi said.

"We are going to file a defamation suit against Lalit Modi for Rs 50 crore for using filthy and abusive language against our Zee Sports CEO Himanshu Modi," Zee Group Executive Vice President and spokesperson Ashish Kaul said.

The alleged incident happened when Himanshu Modi protested against a violation by a competitor in the bidding for BCCI's global media rights for matches at neutral venues in the next five years.

Incidentally, Zee won the rights after emerging as the highest bidder quoting a figure of $219.15 million.

Kaul said, "We are going to send legal notice immediately for use of such language against a top official of Zee Sports."

First Published: Apr 07, 2006 10:50 IST