Government terms BCCI

Published: Wednesday, September 29, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Zee TV, which is challenging cancellation of tender process for cricket telecast rights, today got support from the Centre in the Supreme Court as the government termed the Indian Cricket Board as "a state" within the meaning of Article 12 of the constitution.

Resuming the arguments before a five-judge constitution bench headed by N Santosh Hegde, counsel for Zee Harish Salve said the private TV channel's writ petition was maintainable as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) performed a public duty in selecting the national team.

Coming in support of Zee on the question of maintainability of the petition, Addtional Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran said the Union government is of the opinion that BCCI comes within the purview of the definition of "state" given in Article 12.

Salve cited government's affidavit before the Bombay High Court, where the dispute was earlier raised, and said the Union government has taken a stand there that the promotion of sports was a duty of the state government and that the centre's role was limited to supplementing the finances of a apex national sports body.

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