Delhi HC allows BCCI to invite fresh bids

Published: Friday, December 16, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New delhi:The Delhi High Court today allowed the BCCI to invite fresh bids for grant of crickettelecast and broadcast rights in India for the next four years.

A Division Bench of Justice M K Sharma and Justice R C Chopra vacated the stay on the tender process which was challenged by Zee Telefilms as being arbitrary and aimed atousting Indian bidders.

The permission was granted by the court after BCCI filed an affidavit giving an undertaking about cancelling the earlier tender process and invite fresh bids.

However, Zee Telefims has not withdrawn its petition and sought permission to respond to BCCI's affidavit.

He also submitted that the fresh tender process should be subject to the final outcome of the petition filed by Zee Telefilms.

The court granted one week to Zee to file its response and posted the matter for further hearing on January nine 2006.

Earlier, the court had on December 12 asked the BCCI to place on record its decision to invite fresh tenders for grant of cricket telecast/broadcast rights in India for the nextfour years from January 2006 to December 2009.

The court is hearing a petition filed by Zee Televisions challenging BCCI's earlier tender condition as arbitrary and aimed at ousting Indian bidders.

Senior counsel G L Sanghvi had requested the court to dispose of Zee Telefilms' petition as the Board had already taken a decision to invite fresh bidding for grant of telecast/broadcast rights.

However, on behalf of Zee TV, senior counsel Rajiv Nayar had submitted that the court should not dispose of the matter unless BCCI's decision to invite fresh bids was placed onrecord on an affidavit.

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