Televisionpoint.com Team The Delhi High Court on Monday has restrained the Board of Control for Cricket in India, BCCI from awarding the contract for cricket telecast and broadcast in India for the next four years to any company till December 12. The board has also been asked not to decide the financial bids for the same.
The interim order was passed by the division bench of Justice MK Sharma and Justice RC Chopra who are now hearing Zee Telefilms' petition challenging BCCI's criteria for awarding the contract for telecast rights in India. Earlier, the same petition was being heard by the bench of Delhi high court's Chief Justice. But when Justice Markendaya Katju took over, he transferred the petition to another bench.
BCCI informed the court about how Zee Telefilms was found to be ineligible to participate in the bidding. The board has already opened the technical bids and rejected the petitioner.
When senior advocate, Harish Salve, appearing for Zee Telefilms, submitted that the interim arrangement was contrary to BCCI's assurance to the court, of not granting telecast rights to a particular party pending his client's petition, the court asked the board to file an affidavit giving details of the decision and posted the matter for a final hearing on December 12.
However, the court approved BCCI's interim arrangement of granting the telecast rights for the forthcoming India-Sri Lanka and India-South Africa series to Prasar Bharti. The approval came with a rider as BCCI has to maintain accounts of the proceeds it will receive on account of the present interim arrangement.
The court has also asked BCCI to file a copy of the contract entered into with Prasar Bharati, Nimbus Sports and Transworld International for the broadcast of two cricket series in a sealed cover.
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