According to a newspaper report, former BCCI chief Shashank Manohar had suggested legal action against the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK) for duping the board for over Rs 50 crore.
N Srinivasan, head of CSK's owner India Cements had claimed the IPL franchise was worth only Rs 5 lakh, which meant as per IPL rules CSK had to pay the BCCI only Rs 50,000 (5% of the valuation) for the transfer process. In February, CSK owners India Cements had written to the IPL governing council (GC) about the team's demerger into a wholly-owned subsidiary - Chennai Super Kings Ltd. However, CSK was bought for Rs. 576.62 crore (at current exchange rates) in 2008.
Manohar said that the IPL GC meeting on Feb 10 made no mention of this during the WC meeting on April 26. "Under clause 10.4 of the franchise agreement, if there was a change in control, the company was liable to pay 5% of the valuation of the franchise. The minutes of both the meetings of the IPL GC on Feb 10 and 23 contradict each other. Wherein one minutes suggest there was a change in control, the other says there wasn't," it was noted in the minutes of the April 26 meeting.
"The board could lose Rs 50 crore due to the incorrect advise its legal team gave to the IPL GC. The board should treat this issue with utmost severity and initiate legal action against the franchise for duping it for Rs 50 crore," mentioned Manohar in the minutes.