BCCI to pay Rs 550 crore Compensation to Kochi Tuskers: Supreme Court

by Sports | 15-03-2018 | 497 views

The Supreme Court has directed the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) to pay a huge  compensation of Rs 550 crore to disbanded IPL franchise Kochi Tuskers Kerala for terminating  their contract in 2011. The SC said the amount must be paid as compensation with 18 percent annual penalty. Kochi Tuskers has  demanded Rs 850 crore as compensation. The owners of Kochi Tuskers in 2015 had won an arbitration challenging BCCI decision to encash bank guarantee citing breach of contractual agreement. The RC Lahoti headed panel had directed BCCI to pay Rs 550 crore as compensation with 18 percent annual penalty on failing to do so.

 For the past two years, BCCI was adamant in neither paying compensation nor taking back the franchise in the IPL

“We have to pay kochi compensation. All legal options have been  exhausted. Normally when arbitration decision goes against you , it will be stupid to move Supreme Court appealing against it. We have no option  but question  is how much,” an influential IPL GC member told media after coming out of the meeting.

The decision to terminate Kochi contract was taken by then BCCI President  Shashank Manohar citing breach of  franchise agreement,something majority of BCCI officials were against.

“It was one man’s obstinacy  that is now costing us a bomb. Had Shashank not taken that decision , we could  have worked our way out.

“IN fact , before Kochi went to arbitration, they had asked for a compensation of Rs 300 crore. Even then our officials showed arrogance and now we will be forced to shell out more than double,” the angry official further added.

The BCCI will be trying to negotiate and bring down the compensation to an optimum level.

“Even then we will not be able to bring down  to less than Rs 600 crore, I feel,” said the official , who had been associated with the case.

Meanwhile in another development , the BCCI will be earning a token amount of Rs 5 lakh from Chennai Super Kings  as a part of 5 percent earnings from total valuation of  a franchise that transfers its ownership. Chennai Super kings is now under the wings of Chennai Super Kings Compamy Limited (CSKCL) with India Cements  transferring its shares to the newly formed limited company.

As per IPL rules, any transfer of ownership will mean that BCCI will get 5 percent of the total valuation.

Accordingly, BCCI is expected to get RS 5 lakh and senior officials are not amused.

“This is bizarre but true. We will get Rs 5 lakh we are trying to take legal opinion,” the official said.

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