Cricket tickets row hearing delayed

March 26th, 2008 - 8:14 pm ICT by admin  


Kolkata, March 26 (IANS) The case filed against Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment Ltd and the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) over Indian Premier League (IPL) tickets share could not be heard Wednesday as the bar council ceased work. Cricket Members’ Forum of Bengal (CMFB) Tuesday filed a case against the CAB and the Red Chillies Entertainment Ltd, demanding free tickets for all 31,000 members of the state cricket association for IPL matches.

The case was due to be heard at bench number six of the city civil court but could not be taken up Wednesday after the bar council ceased to work. Counsel for CMFB Ajoy Sanyal told IANS: “The judge did not join Wednesday owing to the protest. He will join Thursday if the agitation is lifted by the first half of the day and hear the case in the second half. Else, the case would be heard Friday.”

According to Rule-15 of the CAB constitution all life members, associate members and affiliate members are supposed to get free tickets for all matches organised by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)/CAB.

The ticket imbroglio regarding the IPL matches continues to torment the CAB officials after the dissident group led by Jagmohan Dalmiya demanded free tickets for all the members.

The CAB in return allotted 13 free tickets to its affiliated units and decided to give tickets at a concession to all other members, besides allowing them a head start of five days ahead of the public sale of tickets.

The IPL ticket row broke out when it was declared that 20 percent of the tickets would be given to the hosting cricket association and the rest would be utilised by the franchisee for public sale.

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