Telecast rights issue again reaches Court

Published: Thursday, December 1, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:The Delhi High Court today asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to invite bids for awarding the telecast rights of the India-Sri Lanka Test series and take a decision by today itself.

The directive came from a Division Bench, comprising Justice M K Sharma and Justice R C Chopra, which passed the order in view of the fact that the first Test begins in Chennai tomorrow.

But hours after the passing of the order, Prasar Bharti counsel Rajiv Sharma pointed out to the Court that the telecast rights of the three-Test India-Sri Lanka Test series had already been granted to the public broadcaster on November 28.

He also showed a letter from the then BCCI Secretary S K Nair, according to which the Indian terrestrial and satellite rights for this series had been granted to Prasar Bharti on arevenue sharing basis.

The letter also stated that all the other terms and conditions would remain the same as in the just concluded One-day series against Lanka and South Africa, Sharma told theCourt.

When Sharma asked the Court to amend the Order, the Bench advised him to move a proper application for the same.

The Bench also asked him to approach BCCI and expressed the hope that the Board would honour the earlier commitment.

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