Zee smells a rat between Dalmiya, ESPN-Star

Published: Tuesday, September 21, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Zee Telefilms today accused BCCI and ESPN-Star Sports of hatching a "conspiracy" and said it would go in for legal action against the cricket Board's decision to go in for a fresh tender for telecast rights."There is a collusion and conspiracy between BCCI's Jagmohan Dalmiya and ESPN-Star Sports. The Court could also see it clearly. But since the petitioner ESPN-Star Sports, incollusion with the BCCI counsel withdrew the petition, the Court had no option than to record the statement and pass no order," Zee Telefilms chief Subhash Chandra said.

BCCI told the Bombay High Court today that it is cancelling the tender process for the telecast rights of cricket matches following which ESPN-Star Sports withdrew itspetition.

Chandra maintained that Zee Telefilms had been awarded the contract by BCCI. "We feel we have a concluded contract with us," he said. He said after 14 members of the BCCI Marketing Committee decided to award the contract to Zee Telefilms, they wereasked to submit 20 million dollars.

"We gave the money and they sent us the Letter of Intent. But it could not be progressed further due to court proceedings," he said. The broadcaster, which has announced plans to launch a sports channel from October two, said it was prepared for further legal action.

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