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    Court notice for BCCI over payment row

    Mumbai: The Bombay High Court Monday issued a notice to the BCCI seeking reply to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) that alleged the board had not paid over Rs 5 crore to police for providing security for the IPL matches played at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai in 2010.

    A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice NM Jamdar was hearing a PIL filed by one Santosh Pachalag claiming that the BCCI owed Rs 5,17,73,238 to the Navi Mumbai police.

    "During the 2010 edition of IPL, six matches were played at the DY Patil Stadium between March 12 and April 25. In all, 3,345 police were deployed at the stadium. As Navi Mumbai police was short-staffed, personnel from Pune and Satara districts were also deployed," the PIL claimed.

    The petition has sought direction to the police to recover the arrears, and argued that till then no security should be provided for the IPL matches to be played in Mumbai this season.

    The bench after issuing notice to the BCCI has posted the matter for hearing on April 4.

    A circular dated January 14, 2010 of Additional Director General (Administration) of Maharashtra police had directed all police commissioners and district superintendents of police to recover security expenses from the BCCI.

    "Navi Mumbai police, on November 8, 2010, sent a bill of Rs 5,65,26,238 to the BCCI. However the cricket body paid only Rs 47,53,000, stating that it had paid the Nagpur police only this much and hence would not pay more," the petition stated.

    It further alleged that the Deputy Commissioner of Police of Navi Mumbai had till May 2011 written letters to the BCCI seeking payment of the arrears, but in vain.

    "After that even the police have kept quiet and not taken any steps for recovering the arrears," the petition further claimed.