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Cricket telecast row: Supreme Court dismisses Zee's petition

14-May-2005
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Cricket telecast row: Supreme Court dismisses Zee's petition

The Supreme Court yesterday dismissed Zee Telefilms' petition challenging Madras High Court order upholding the Indian cricket board's (BCCI) decision of not awarding the telecast rights to the TV channel. On being contacted, the channel's officials refrained from offering any comments.

On May 2, a division bench of the Madras High Court had upheld BCCI's decision to cancel the tender process for awarding telecast rights for international cricket matches till 2008. The bench set aside a single bench order on March 21, which held that the cancellation was 'improper.'

The single bench had directed the BCCI to call for fresh tenders and permitted Zee Telefilms and ESPN to participate in the fresh tender proceedings. But the division bench held that records clearly demonstrate that there was no concluded contract between Zee Telefilms and BCCI.

Zee Telefilms filed an appeal in the Supreme Court challenging the Madras High Court order that upheld BCCI decision to cancel the tender process for awarding telecast rights for international cricket matches till 2008.

Zee, in its petition filed through counsel Maninder Singh, said it had emerged as the highest bidder for the telecast rights of international cricket matches played in India between 2004-08 and hence it should have been awarded the contract.

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