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Government of India
Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
01-March-2011 16:51 IST
Inquiry on IPL

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports does not deal with the Indian Premier League (IPL), which is a T 20 domestic inter – city tournament. In the recent past, there have been several controversies surrounding the IPL. While the Ministry has not set up any committee, to look into the allegations pertaining to IPL, the matters relating to BCCI and IPL, are under examination by the Parliamentary Standing Committee of Finance. This was stated by Shri Ajay Maken, Minister of State (independent charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, in the Lok Sabha today in a written reply to a question by Shri Inder Singh Namdhari.

The Minister further stated that investigations by the Enforcement Directorate, Income Tax and Service Tax authorities are also underway separately. Further, on the advice of the Central Board of Direct taxes, the matter concerning award of media rights by BCCI/IPL to MSM Group and WSG Group, has been referred to the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, to enquire into these issues, under the provisions of the Competition Act, 2002, as preliminary investigations, have shown prima facie evidence, of the monopolistic nature of working of the BCCI, and the companies involved in these agreements.

Competition Commission of India has informed that an information filed u/s 19(1) Act, 2002 regarding the subject issue is under investigation with the Director General of the Commission, the Minister added.

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