The Board of Control of Cricket on India has reportedly spent ₹ 119 crore on legal matters in the last four years. The massive figure does not include crores of rupees spent by the State cricket associations, which have paid anything between ₹ 10 crore and ₹ 35 crore based on their legal requirements and disputes.
State units like Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu had hired top legal counsels like Tushar Mehta and Kapil Sibal respectively. A lot of the State associations have filed Interlocutory Applications in the Supreme Court over pending issues regarding their constitution.
Of the total bill, over ₹40 crore has been reportedly paid to the BCCI’s attorneys Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas.
The ₹ 119 crore bill also includes a considerable amount spent on implementation of the Lodha Committee reforms, mid-day.com has reported quoting sources. The legal expenses among other things include Supreme Court hearings, fee of the counsel’s hired for implementation of the Lodha Committee reforms and expenses on matters like the arbitration in Pakistan Cricket Board’s compensation claim for India’s refusal to play “away games” and cases related to tax matters.
“Out of the ₹ 119 crore, a chunk was spent on the implementation of Lodha reforms,” the website has quoted a BCCI official as saying.
BCCI Treasurer Arun Singh Dhumal shortly after taking charge of his office has targeted legal expenses while talking of increasing the revenue and cutting down on expenditure.