Deccan Chargers' IPL woes continue

The BCCI terminated Deccan Chargers’ IPL contract for breach of contract late last year, but the Hyderabad franchisee’s woes seem far from being over. Now, the Board has decided to debit Rs.2.33 crore to the Deccan Chronicle Holdings Limited (DCHL) towards the police security bill raised for the 2010 IPL matches played there.

The issue cropped up after the Bombay High Court, upon hearing a Public Interest Litigation ( PIL), ordered the BCCI to pay the Mumbai Police for providing security during the matches that the Board says Deccan Chargers had organised.

“BCCI maintains that it hadn’t organised all of the six matches, besides terming the bill ‘inflated’ — but it has agreed to pay the amount as per the court order, and recover it from DCHL, as the working committee decided at a recent meeting,” said an official, who attended the meeting.

“The court has ordered the BCCI to pay the amount to the police and we are honouring the order. But we, at the same time, have decided that this amount of Rs.2.33 crore would be debited to the Deccan Chargers,” the official told Mail Today. “We will see how we can recover this money from DCHL.” Deccan Chargers, winner of the IPL title in 2009 after recovering dramatically from the bottom- spot finish the previous year, has been embroiled in several controversies since that triumph.

DCHL, which had paid $ 107 million in 2008 to buy the Hyderabad franchise for 10 years, failed to pay its franchise fee on time, besides the players’ and the coaching/ support staff’s remunerations.

The BCCI then terminated its contract and invited fresh bids. Sun TV successfully bid Rs.425.25 crore to own the team for five years.

The Mumbai Police security issue has been hanging fire for almost three years, and the saga is yet to reach a full and final settlement. It remains to be seen what DCHL’s reaction is. On Sunday, no DCHL official could be contacted.

After a prolonged war of words between the BCCI and the Mumbai Police over the bill amount, a PIL was moved in the Mumbai High Court.

BCCI maintains that out of six matches played at the D.Y. Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai during the 2010 IPL, it had organised only four and two others were organised by the DCHL, so the security bills for those matches should also be paid by them.

According to the BCCI official, the total bill raised by the Mumbai Police was Rs.2.80 crore, and out of this the BCCI paid Rs.47.53 lakh, saying the original bill was inflated.

“The police added interest on the original amount and we maintain that their demand of Rs.26.75 lakh is not justified,” said the official.

Another police security bill pertains to the IPL 2011, when Pune Warriors played their ‘home’ matches at the D. Y. Patil Stadium and the Maharashtra government raised the security bill to the tune of Rs.3.34 crore.

“The BCCI never asked for police security, so we have told the government that it should recover the dues either from Sahara India, owner of Pune Warriors, or the D.Y. Patil Stadium,” said the official.


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