a result, ESPN-Star Sports withdrew its petition against
BCCI for awarding the telecast rights to Zee Telefilms
Chandra, chairman and managing director, ZTL, told journalists
that he suspected a conspiracy between BCCI and ESPN-Star
Sports. ZTL plans to file a petition against BCCI in the
Supreme Court on Wednesday.
counsel, K.K. Venugopal, told the division bench of chief
justice Dalveer Bhandari and justice Dhananjay Chandrachud
that there was no concluding contractual agreement between
the cricket board and ZTL.
draft letter of intent was offered to ZTL; however, the
latter did not accept it, as it wanted to renegotiate
on some of the conditions, said Venugopal and added that
BCCI therefore, was exercising its powers to cancel the
tender process. As there is an urgency to finalise the
arrangements for production and telecast of the India-Australia
series, BCCI is looking at producing and telecasting on
its own, Venugopal said.
Board is also examining the option of going in for two
sets of bids one for the first three series (India-Australia;
India-South Africa and India-Pakistan) and the second
for cricket matches played in India for a period
of four years commencing May 2005.
Rafique Dada appearing for ZTL, argued that the network
was ready to produce the India-Australia series and had
already initiated discussions with some production companies.
Dada told the court that BCCI was making statements contrary
to its affidavit. "Why should they defer from their
earlier stand and go for a re-bid?" he asked the
has also submitted an initial surety amount of $20 million.
About this, the BCCI lawyer said that the Board would
return the money to the company. In the first tender for
telecast floated by BCCI, ZTL had emerged the highest
bidder at $260 million (around Rs1,194 crore) and later
hiked the amount to $308 million (around Rs1,415
crore) during subsequent rounds of negotiations. BCCI
had selected ZTL as the broadcaster for these telecast