HC reserves orders on India Cements' plea
Chennai, Apr 25 (PTI) The Madras High Court today reserved its orders on an appeal filed by the India Cements Limited (ICL), challenging a single-judge order of the court dismissing its plea seeking a stay of an Enforcement Directorate (ED) notice in connection with a transaction involving the Cricket South Africa (CSA).
According to India Cements, an Indian Premier League (IPL) game, scheduled to be conducted in India in April, 2009 by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), of which the ICL is a franchise, was rescheduled in view of the general elections scheduled around the same time.
The Union government had, for security reasons, advised the BCCI to reschedule the match.
As the schedule could not be altered, the BCCI had resolved to shift the venue of the match to South Africa.
The ICL had voiced its concern about the change of venue and to alleviate the associated concerns and costs.
The BCCI had agreed to support the franchise with regard to the additional expenses to be incurred by it, which included the costs of travel and accommodation.
It was submitted that because of the paucity of time, there was no written agreement between the BCCI and the ICL.
Alleging infraction of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) provisions, the ED had filed a complaint against the ICL and its officers before the deputy director of the agency in Mumbai.
A show-cause notice was issued to the company, which had explained that no amount was paid by the BCCI to the CSA on behalf of the ICL. The company had also submitted that there were no contraventions of the FEMA.
The ED had then issued a notice seeking a personal hearing, following which the ICL filed a petition before the Madras High Court, alleging that it was issued by "non-recording the reasons".
A single judge of the court had, on March 2, 2017, dismissed the petition filed by the ICL, stating that the reasons were clearly disclosed by the office of the Deputy Director of Enforcement Directorate, Mumbai.
The ED deputy director's office had specifically indicated that the case required an in-depth examination and that it had not determined the case against the ICL or passed an order adverse to its interest, the judge said.
The company's present appeal has challenged the single-judge order.
A division bench of justices K K Sasidharan and R Subramanian, after hearing the arguments, reserved its orders.
G Rajagopalan, Additional Solicitor General of India, appeared on behalf of the ED. He was assisted by G Hema, the ED counsel