Supreme Court rejects Zee's petition
Reacting to the verdict, Jagmohan Dalmiya, the former president of the BCCI, told The Asian Age: "This is a great boost for us and proves that there was nothing wrong with the tender process, as Zee has been alleging. The BCCI's functioning has been above board in this matter, and hats off to the judiciary for recognising it. The cancellation was not improper."
Looking ahead to the future course of action, Ushanath Bannerjee, the board's counsel, told the daily: "Now the BCCI will meet to decide the whether to call for another tender. Plans are also afoot for the BCCI television channel, but since there's nothing concrete yet, it's all up to the board to decide what to do next."
Zee had challenged the board's decision to cancel the tender process last year, claiming that they had been unfairly denied the telecast rights despite having bid the highest amount. A single judge of the Madras High Court had then ruled in favour of Zee, asking the BCCI to call for fresh tenders, but that verdict was set aside by a division bench of the court. The latest ruling effectively means that Zee's only remaining option in the matter is to move a civil court to seek damages.