Thatscricket - ODI Series - India~~s tour of Pakistan- Telecast row: Out of court settlement likely

Published: Monday, March 29, 2004, 20:17 [IST]
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New Delhi:Prasar Bharti CEO K S Sharma is likely to meet Attorney General Soli G Sorabjee and Solicitor General Kirit Raval on Sunday to seek their opinion on the row over telecast of the Indo-Pak cricket series with Ten Sports, ahead of the Supreme Court hearing on the matter on Monday.

The meeting assumes significance in the backdrop of his comments after the Supreme Court order last night that the national broadcaster was "still open" to a commercial deal with Ten Sports over the telecast and this could well mean "an out of court settlement".

"I will be meeting the Attorney General as well as the Solicitor General tomorrow (Sunday) before the hearing in Supreme Court on Monday," Sharma said from Mumbai but declined to comment any further on the matter.

Reacting to the Supreme Court judgment late last night, after the apex court directed Ten Sports to provide the signal for Saturday's match to Doordarshan, Sharma had said, "we are still open to negotiations.... we have been advised by the Solicitor General that a commercial settlement cannot be ruled out even now".

Asked what would be the state broadcaster's plea when the Supreme Court hears the matter again on Monday for the rights of the remaining matches, Sharma had said, "we will still base our appeal on the public interest issue".

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