ZEE can sue Indian cricket board for damages


The cricket telecast saga keeps meandering as new twists and turns keep getting added. New developments may just give the Indian cricket board some relief as it grapples with various internal issues.

The Madras high court today set aside an order of a single judge who held as improper the action of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in cancelling the tender to telecast cricket matches to be played in India awarded to ZEE Telefilms and indicting former Board president Jagmohan Dalmia for acting in an improper and unfair manner, a news report by United News of India said from Chennai.

A division bench comprising chief justice Markandeya Katju and justice Ibrahim Khalifullah also set aside the order passed by Justice K P Sivasubramaniam, who had directed the BCCI to call for a fresh tender and also gave the liberty to ZEE Telefilms to sue BCCI for damages, the news report stated.

The Bench also allowed appeals filed by the BCCI and Jagmohan Dalmiya while dismissing another appeal filed by ZEE Telefilms.

Meanwhile, sources in the BCCI told indiatelevision.com that the Board has not yet taken a final view on the telecast rights issue, even s it grapples with matters related to coaches and formulating a comprehensive media policy for cricketers.

Last month, two officials of the BCCI had also unveiled a feasibility study for the Board to have a sports channel of its own, projecting low cost of operation and huge profits over the years. This study too hasn’t been discussed by the full BCCI board yet.

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