LG Electronics to seek redressal, says will move SC

Published: Thursday, January 23, 2003, 1:54 [IST]
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New Delhi: LG Electronics India, one of the major sponsors of the cricket World Cup, on Wednesday said it is planning to approach the Supreme Court to appeal against the Delhi High Court order barring outflow of foreign exchange if India was debarred from playing in the World Cup. "We are planning to move the Supreme Court to seek redressal of our grievances," LG India general manager (Marketing) Ganesh Mahalingam told.

He termed the public interest litigation on the vexed contracts issue as "a private interest litigation" and said, "We have been victimised in a commercial battle between the BCCI and the ICC." He claimed that LG India's sponsorship agreement with the ICC could not stand the scrutiny of Indian courts because "as per the agreement, any dispute with the ICC will be handled in British courts". Mahalingam said the issue of the players' participating in the World Cup was the job of BCCI who has contractual obligations with them. "The players must take the BCCI to court for not agreeing to their obligations.

Unfortunately, that has not happened," he said. The Delhi High Court on Wednesday ruled that no foreign exchange would be allowed to go to the ICC, either in the form of sponsorship money or as damages by BCCI, if India was debarred from playing in next month's World Cup. The Court, while admitting a public interest litigation, in an interim order also ruled that the advertisements of official World Cup sponsors- Pepsi, LG and Hero Honda- would not be allowed to be telecast in case of India's non-participation.

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