World Cup controversies in Bombay and Delhi High Courts
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World Cup controversies in Bombay and Delhi High Courts

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Bombay High Court: The Bombay High Court has restrained the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) from contracting international broadcasting rights until an Arbitrator gives his award. A Bench of Justice P.B. Majmudar and Justice A.A. Sayed have restrained the BCCI from entering into any agreement with any third party for the worldwide broadcast rights contract for the Indian Premier League (IPL) till an Arbitrator is appointed in the case.

Bombay High Court: The Bombay High Court has restrained the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) from contracting international broadcasting rights until an Arbitrator gives his award. A Bench of Justice P.B. Majmudar and Justice A.A. Sayed have restrained the BCCI from entering into any agreement with any third party for the worldwide broadcast rights contract for the Indian Premier League (IPL) till an Arbitrator is appointed in the case.

World Sport Group Mauritius (WSGM) had last year appealed against the BCCI’s decision to terminate the worldwide broadcast rights deal for the IPL, but WSGM’s arbitration petition was rejected by a single judge bench of the Bombay High Court, following which WSGM appealed against the order.

Senior Advocate Aspi Chinoy appeared for the World Sport Group along with Advocates Sunip Sen and Zal Andhyarujina, and was instructed by Legasis Partners with a team comprising of Suhas Tuljapurkar, Nishad Nadkarni and Aashutosh Sampat.

Senior Advocates R.A. Dada and T.N. Subramanium appeared for the BCCI and were instructed by  Thakore Jariwala & Associates with a team comprising of P.R. Raman, Akila Kaushik, Aarti S.P., Hetal Thakore, Jyoti Ghag and Nikhil Mengde.

Delhi High Court: The Delhi High Court has put a cap on the number of complimentary passes for the four World Cup matches to be played in Delhi. According to media reports the High Court has ordered the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) to issue only 10,000 complimentary passes for each of the four World Cup cricket matches to be played at the 41,000-capacity Ferozeshah Kotla stadium.

Quoting the Times of India, Justice Sunil Gaur said, “DDCA should not issue more than 10,000 complimentary passes in each of the matches been played on different dates in Delhi. Remaining passes for Thursday’s match, should be made available online for the general public who wants to book it,” the Court clarified while hearing a case filed by Jai Karan Singh, one of DDCA’s oldest members, who had challenged the ‘arbitrary ways’ of the association’s executive committee in issuing complimentary tickets and sought a ceiling cap on it.

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