The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has received two different notices from Mumbai Police where they have been asked to pay Rs 3.60 crore and Rs 6.66 crore respectively for police protection used during international games held in Mumbai in the past.
The two notices which are accessed by The Indian Express, were sent to MCA on 9/11/16 and 18/11/16 and say that the MCA will have to clear all their dues within 20 days from the notice period otherwise their properties will be attached and seized.
Interestingly, Mumbai Police has charged Rs 3.60 crore as police bandobast fees for the T20 World Cup held this year where Mumbai hosted five T20 games and three warm-up games.
Surprisingly, it has charged Rs 6.66 cr for ICC-Women’s World Cup that happened in 2013 – which comprised 13 international games and 7 warm-up games.
The invoice sent by Mumbai Police has certainly not gone down well with the MCA as the association feels the price quoted for security is too high. As a result, the association is now planning to appeal.
“How can you charge Rs 6.66 cr for women’s games when we all know the stadium was deserted and hardly a few people turned up for those matches held in 2013? The entry was free in many venues. The Police has charged us for warm-up games as well. They need to understand that warm-up games are different from international games. We have no option but to appeal now,” a MCA official said on condition of anonymity.
The notice says, “You are hereby issued a notice for sum of Rs 3.60 cr due from you on account of penalty imposed/Arrears of/Commercial Tax/ Sales Tax/Workman’s Compensation/Pension & Gratuity/ Consumer Dues, which are to be recovered as arrears of Land Revenue u/s 267 of the The Maharashtra Land Revenue Code 1966 and in case of non receipt of dues within 20 days from the date of service of this notice you are liable for penalty of Rs.2 of notice fee. Also Compulsory proceeding will be taken against you according to the law for the recovery of the dues by. 1. Attachment and sale of moveable property Or, 2. Attachment and Sale of such portion of land which will satisfy the demand Or, 3. Attachment and Sale of right title and interest in other immovable property.”
In another letter which is sent to MCA, by Home department Additional chief secretary KP Bakshi, the government had fixed a uniform slab rate for providing Police security for cricket matches where any IPL-T20 game Mumbai would be secured for Rs 60 lakhs whereas for Tests it was Rs 50 lakhs.
However, IPL matches held in Nagpur/Pune/Navi Mumbai will have to pay Rs 40 lakhs whereas the amount is Rs 35 lakhs for Test match as bandobast charges.
MCA says that the local authorities have not provided with any details with regards to ICC T20 World Cup, though full details have been furnished in regards to women’s world cup.
“We wanted to give five lakh for Test match per day whereas for T20 and ODI we had quoted 25 lakh rupees but instead local authorities wanted us to pay as per the uniform slab. How can security for Mumbai and other cities of Maharashtra be different?” another official stated.