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PIL in SC for e-auctioning of IPL media rights

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Supreme today said it would "think" over the submission of leader Subramanian Swamy for an early hearing of his plea seeking e-auctioning of the media rights of cash-rich T-20 Indian League.

A bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice said, "We will think over it" when Swamy sought an urgent hearing of his fresh plea.

The leader referred to the apex verdicts to buttress his point that it has been held that auctioning is the best method of awarding contracts.

He also said that the amount involved in the award of media rights was to the tune of Rs 30,000 crore and the issue should not be decided in an opaque manner.

"This prays that the distribution of Rights which is scheduled on July 17, 2017 should be done in the most transparent mode available that is via E-Auction," the said.

It said that all the activities of Board of Cricket Control in (BCCI) are undertaken with tacit concurrence of the state governments and the Centre "who are not only fully aware but supportive of the activities of the Board."

"It is a requirement that non-discriminatory and transparent method, with the best international practices must be adopted for distribution of the valuable media rights so as to ensure the maximum revenue in the larger national interest," Swamy's plea said.

He alleged that there was a consistent attempt of vested parties to try and build a monopoly by getting the above valuable rights in a non-transparent manner.

"Huge money is involved amounting to Rs 25000-30000 crore in the valuable rights associated with the game of cricket in India, which makes it mandatory to have the auction process robust, completely transparent in order to maximise the revenue and prevent vested interest from making undue gains," Swamy said.

Referring to Justice R M Lodha committee recommendations, the plea said that the panel made strong comments about the tender process and the methods previously adopted by cricket administrators of in granting licenses in relation to media and television rights.

"No standard norms and objective criteria or procedures have been established for the distribution of the valuable rights associated with the game of cricket and selection or engagement of the rights holders.

"Lodha Committee has found that clear principles of transparency should be laid down, and BCCI's website and office should carry all rules, regulations and office orders of the in this regard, and there should be full transparency of all tenders floated and bids invited by or on behalf of the BCCI," it said.

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First Published: Tue, July 11 2017. 19:03 IST