Zee moves Supreme Court
23 September 2004
The writ petition filed yesterday is likely to be mentioned on Thursday. Since the BCCI has filed a caveat, it will also be heard along with Zee Telefilms'' petition.
The petitioner contended that it had bagged the telecast rights of the matches for $308 million and it had already paid the BCCI $20 million. It said the contract for the telecast rights stood implemented with the payment of $20 million by it to the BCCI and it was fully equipped to cover the India-Australia cricket series starting from October 6.
Zee alleged that there was prior collusion between the BCCI and ESPN-Star Sports, which led to the board''s sudden turnaround to cancel the contract on September 21.
It said a concluded contract could not be terminated by the BCCI, which could only reject a tender bid before finalisation of the contract. . The union of India, the BCCI president, Jagmohan Dalmiya, secretary of BCCI, ESPN-Star Sports and PricewaterhouseCoopers Pvt Ltd has been cited as respondents.