Delhi HC seeks BCCI status with Centre

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2001, 0:19 [IST]
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Petitioners Rahul Mehra and Shantanu Sharma said accounts show the DDCA recorded sale of Rs 3.3 million on liquor in 1998-99, which is nearly five times the total expenses on coaching and promotion of cricket expenses over the past 11 years. It may be noted that the BCCI spent Rs 6.5 million for committee meetings in the same year and Rs 4 million for travel, they said. But coaching expenses were less than 2.2 per cent of the expenditure. The BCCI profits have been climbing at the rate of 59 per cent per year and totalled Rs 83.7 million in 1998-99 compared to Rs 506,000 in 1987-88. Listing several instances of discrepancies in sale of TV rights by the BCCI, the PIL said there is no transparency in the manner in which the bids are invited and contracts are awarded. "The politics prevailing in the BCCI has almost led to seriously harming the entire selection process of national cricket team. It is reported to have resulted in ruining the career of some capable cricketers," it added. The PIL said that organisers like the BCCI are under public obligation to promote cricket. If they act contrarily to the objects for which they are created and in the private interest of people who currently control these organisations, the court should issue direction to enforce these obligations.

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