Sony TV drags IPL to court

Published: Monday, March 16, 2009, 11:48 [IST]
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Sony TV drags IPL to court

Mumbai: Sony has got an injunction to stop the Indian Premier League (IPL) from discussing telecast rights with other channels. The injunction order was given to the lucrative cricket league on Saturday night and the Bombay High Court will hear the case on Monday.

The IPL schedule has been in jeopardy and the cumbersome process of re-working the dates in a bid to salvage the high profile Twenty20 cricket event have been on for over a month.

The tournament, coinciding with the Lok Sabha elections, has run into rough weather after the Home Ministry asked the organisers to redraw the schedule as it was not feasible to hold the matches under the existing fixture for security reasons.

The IPL has accused Sony of violating the contract. IPL acted against Sony as Big TV cancelled a deal with IPL after Sony got into an agreement with Airtel's DTH service.

The Ministry"s directive came on Friday after eight states, where matches are to be held, said they might not be able to provide security in view of the LS polls.

thatsCricket (With Inputs from Agencies)

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