Toughening its stance over the non-payment of pending security bills worth Rs 8.92 crore by the Kings XI Punjab cricket team,the Chandigarh Police has put its foot down and told the UT Home Department that it will not be possible for it to provide security to the team for the upcoming IPL season unless the previous dues are cleared.
However,while the UT Police has left it to the Home Department to take the final decision,they may end up providing security as many international players are playing.
As per the letter sent by the UT Police to the UT Home Department on March 29,the organisers of Kings XI Punjab are supposed to pay a sum of Rs 8.92 crore to the UT Police for security arrangements made during the teams stay in the city during the previous seasons.
Deputy Inspector General of Police Alok Kumar told Chandigarh Newsline,We had sent a letter to the Home Secretary stating that it will be difficult for us to provide any kind of security to the Kings XI Punjab for their matches in Mohali in the upcoming IPL season. Since 2008 when the IPL started,the team has never paid Chandigarh Police for providing them security.
DIG Alok Kumar added that it was not possible to provide security to the team unless they cleared their previous dues of Rs 8.92 crore. In the last years IPL season,a similar situation had cropped up. However,the police had ultimately provided the team with security. This year,the decision has been left to the Home Department.
Till the last season,we had provided the team with security. Every year we give them a bill but the organisers never pay. This time we have left it to the administration to decide. As far as the police department is concerned,we have not made any arrangements yet and we will not make any until the administration asks us to, said DIG Alok Kumar.
When contacted,UT Home Secretary Anil Kumar confirmed the receipt of the letter and the teams failure to pay their security dues. However,he said,We cannot absolutely bar the team from security as there are many international players in the team. Their security is our priority. We shall keep a balanced approach unless the dues are paid. It is the responsibility of the police to provide security if any event is taking place in the city.
However,Anant Sarkaria,general manager (operation) of Kings XI Punjab,said,All the financial dues are clear from our side. This letter has nothing to do with us. It pertains to PCA (Punjab Cricket Association) and the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India).
The Home Secretary said,Since IPL is not a national event and is a private affair,we have to charge the teams for providing them security. Had it been a national affair,the security provisions would have been without a charge.