BCCI gets legal notice on sponsorship

Published: Wednesday, May 30, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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The company had committed it through a letter addressed to the BCCI dated May 5, 2001. The said contract for the team sponsorship was pursuant to the said letters duly concluded between the Board and our client, the firm, has contended. The notice claims that despite the conclusion of the contract, the Board delayed in executing the necessary documents. With reports appearing in the press that the Board was negotiating with other parties, Gayatri Arts proprietor Sham Dhumatkar wrote a letter on May 16 to the BCCI requesting the latter to execute the necessary documents. Saying that several letters addressed to the Board by Gayatri Arts evoked no response, the firm's solicitors have claimed that the Board's subsequent move to announce TWI-IMG as sponsors ''is entirely illegal and in breach of the conclusion of the contract between the Board and our clients.'' The notice also alleges that the Board was acting in an entirely non-transparent manner on the issue and that the marketing and finance committee meeting was reconvened on May 22, after the meeting to review the tenders was held on April 24, only to consider the new open offers received for sponsorship. Claiming that the offer of the TWI-IMG was only marginally higher than that of Gayatri Arts, which was never given another chance to increase its offer, the notice has asked the Board to execute the necessary documents within four days. The solicitors have also asked the Board to furnish its constitution and the rules, by-laws and procedures, by which it is governed, minutes of its marketing committee meetings held on April 24 and May 22 as well as the entire list of bids received by it before 17:00 hrs on April 20 along with the names of the bidders, amounts offered and copies of the bids. Besides, they have asked the BCCI to submit the entire list of bids received by it after 17:00 hours (IST) on April 20, the names of the bidders, amounts offered and copies of the bids. They have also asked the BCCI to desist from executing any contract and document in favour of TWI-IMG or any other party other than Gayatri Arts in respect of team sponsorship for a period of three years or face legal action. The BCCI secretary, however, dismissed the notice saying that let them do anything they want. The Gayatri Arts offer was rejected by the Board. ''The matter is closed. We had asked Gayatri Arts to give us figures (of sponsorship) and they did not'', he added.

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