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Maha revenue department says BCCI did not pay stamp duty, will meet new chief

The state government’s revenue department will approach Vinod Rai, the new head of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) over non-payment of stamp duty by the world’s richest cricket body.

mumbai Updated: Apr 12, 2017 00:24 IST
Faisal Malik
Faisal Malik
Hindustan Times
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Instead, the BCCI had once said that it was an autonomous body and would not submit the required documents.(HT)

The state government’s revenue department will approach Vinod Rai, the new head of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) over non-payment of stamp duty by the world’s richest cricket body.

Officials from the revenue department said that they had been forced to take up the matter at the highest level as the BCCI was not responding to the notices that they had been sent.

The BCCI signs a contract with every cricketer and them renewed from time to time. The cricket body in Mumbai is supposed to pay the stamp duty on these agreements, according to the Maharashtra Stamp Act.

“We have sent three notices to the body, asking them to produce appropriate documents with the office of the registration and stamp duty to investigate the matter, but we did not get a proper response,” said a senior official.

The last notice was sent on February 16, 2017 but the department is still waiting for a reply despite the deadline. The first notice was issued on June 14, 2016, which was followed by another sent on July 1, last year, the officials added.

According to the Indian Registration Act, 1908, the BCCI does not need to register these agreements with the department. But the Maharashtra Stamp Act makes it mandatory on their part to pay stamp duty on agreements with cricketers, the officials said.

Instead, the BCCI had once said that it was an autonomous body and would not submit the required documents, added the officer. “We are hoping that Vinod Rai, who has been appointed by the apex court, will take the matter seriously and get it fixed. We will meet him once the new inspector-general of stamp and registration is appointed,” the officer said.

The state government has recently transferred M Ramaswami from the post of IG, stamp and registration.

Speaking to HT, Amitabh Chaudhary, joint secretary of the BCCI, said, “I won’t be able to comment on the matter without a legal opinion.”

The issue was also raised in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly during the recently concluded budget session. While replying to the queries from legislators, revenue minister Chandrakant Patil had said that they were waiting for BCCI’s reply to the notice.

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