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Amarchand gets Compat to stay $9.6m CCI penalty on BCCI

CCI on BCCI: It's just not cricket, or is it?
CCI on BCCI: It's just not cricket, or is it?

Amarchand Mangaldas won a stay in the Competition Appellate Tribunal (Compat) for the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI), against the Competition Commission of India’s (CCI) February order that imposed, according to the PTI, a Rs 52.24 crore ($9.6m) fine on the cricket body.

Amarchand Mumbai competition partner Nisha Kaur Uberoi and senior counsel C Aryama Sundaram acted for the BCCI, which was directed to deposit 25 per cent of the penalty amount within 30 days by the COMPAT, according to an Amarchand press release.

19 July 2013 has been fixed as the next date for hearing, at which the CCI will appear.

In November 2012 a complainant had alleged irregularities during the IPL cricketing tournament in granting franchise rights for team ownership, media rights, and sponsorships. In February the CCI held that the abuse by the BCCI was of a “grave nature” in denying market access to potential competitors and including similar clauses in any future agreement, according to the PTI report.

The Rs 52.24 crore fine was part of a series of financial penalties imposed by the government as part of a multi-department focus on the BCCI and its allied businesses, and included a Rs 2,300 crore income tax bill over a three-year period and a Rs 100 crore penalty demanded from IPL team Rajasthan Royals, according to ESPN Cricinfo.

Related disputes have been running for a long time, with Crawford Bayley having represented the Royals in the Bombay High Court in 2010 against the BCCI, again represented by Amarchand.

Original CCI orders:

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