Friday, April 29, 2011

Pataudi moves HC against BCCI

Mumbai: Former India captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi has moved the Bombay High Court against the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) seeking appointment of an arbitrator, after the latter discontinued his services as a member of the IPL Governing Council.He has also claimed an amount of Rs. 1.16 crore as his annual fees for the year 2010 from the BCCI. The application, which came up for hearing on Thursday, was adjourned for a week.
The application filed by Delhi based Pataudi says that an arbitrator should be appointed as the BCCI has failed to abide by the clause of the agreement by which he (Pataudi) was appointed in February 2008.
He has also claimed that the agreement was to come in effect from October 1, 2007. As per the agreement clause, Pataudi would offer his expertise in all Governing Council meetings and other matters. The agreement was for five years, during which BCCI had agreed to pay an annual fees of Rs 1 crore, net of taxes, said the application. The agreement stated that if either of the parties wanted to terminate the contract, they would have to invoke the arbitration clause of the Agreement.
Pataudi’s application says that he received Rs 50 lakh on August 11, 2008 for the period October 2007 to September 2008. “During e-mail correspondence, BCCI assured that it will pay the taxes,” said the application. However, “The respondent (BCCI) was and is not ready to fulfill his contractual obligation,” stated the application.
On December 24, 2008, Pataudi sent another notice to the BCCI, asking the board to pay Rs 1 crore net and bear all the taxes. He further requested them to reimburse service tax and income tax paid by him.
Pataudi also attached a bill of Rs 1.16 crore along with the notice for rendering his services and tax borne by him.
The BCCI, on October 1, 2010, sent a letter to Pataudi amending the earlier contract and there by terminating his contract as per the amended terms passed in the general body meeting.
Pataudi, before moving the HC, sent a letter to the BCCI in January 2011, suggesting that Dr BP Saraf, former chief justice of Jammu and Kashmir, be appointed as arbitrator.

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