The High court of Himachal Pradesh has decided to drop the ex-parte proceedings against BCCI on a matter relating to the issue of payment of expenses incurred on providing security cover for the matches played in Dharamshala cricket stadium.
It is worthwhile to mention here that on December 9th, 2014 the court had ordered to proceed ex-parte against BCCI on its failure to represent itself through the counsel.
A Division Bench comprising the Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan passed these orders on a petition filed by Mr. Vinay Sharma. The Court has directed the HPCA and BCCI to file its reply before May 19th 2015 as the next date for the matter. The petitioner alleged that HPCA and BCCI have not paid a single penny to the state government for security charges and other legal dues such as taxes since 2010 when the first IPL match was played at HPCA stadium, Dharamshala.
In its reply, the state government has submitted that it is correct that the HPCA and BCCI have not paid anything to the government on account of security charges for IPL matches organized at HPCA stadium in the past, but the policy decision on the subject was taken by the government on September 26th 2014.
According to the policy, commercial tournaments like IPL will be charged, while international matches being non-commercial will not be charged. Also, prior to March 31st 2011, sports were exempted from taxes, but after this date, the state government has realized entertainment duty from five IPL/ODI matches. The government said that the maintenance of law and order is one of the primary functions of the state and it was incumbent upon the government to deploy adequate police force in order to maintain law and order.
The state also submitted that from the year 2010, nine IPL matches and two ODI cricket matches have been played on the stadium and the government has incurred total expenses of Rupees 6,49,75,645 for deployment of police personnels.