Shimla/October 14 (NG News)
Himachal High Court on Tuesday issued notices to the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA), Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI), state government and Kings XI Punjab on the issue of payment of expenses incurred on providing security cover to T20 matches held at Dharamshala Cricket Stadium.
A division bench comprising the Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Chauhan passed these orders on a petition filed by Vinay Sharma.
The petitioner submitted before Court that the HPCA and BCCI had not paid a single penny to Himachal government for security charges and other legal dues such as taxes since 2010 when the first IPL match was played at HPCA stadium Dharamshala.
He said that at least nine IPL matches and an international match has been played on the stadium and one more international match is scheduled to be played on the venue on October 17.
He also told the Court that more than 1500 Police personnel are being deployed at Dharamshala for more than week to provide security during the match and the government has to spend at least Rs 70 lakh to Rs 1 Crore for security from taxpayers’ money.
He also submitted that government has earlier spent around ten crores on security for previous matches but did not receive anything from HPCA. He said that the cricket body earning crores of rupees from TV rights, letting out of stadium for matches, from IPL franchisee and other sources, but is not paying legal dues to the government.
He cited the examples of Punjab Police, Mumbai Police and Madhya Pradesh Police recovering security expenses from respective cricket bodies and pleaded for directions to the HPCA to pay legal dues.
The Court directed the respondent to file their replies within 4 weeks and posted the matter for December 9.