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I-T raids at offices of firms associated with IPL

I-T raids at offices of firms associated with IPL
PTI
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First Published: Wed, Apr 21 2010. 01 16 PM IST
Updated: Wed, Apr 21 2010. 01 16 PM IST
Mumbai: The Income Tax Department on Wednesday raided the premises of companies associated with the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the wake of allegations that telecasting agency Multi Screen Media had paid a facilitation fee of $80 million to marketing agency World Sports Group.
The searches, which started this morning, were on in the office premises of Multi-Screen Media (MSM) in suburban Malad, the telecasting agency of IPL, World Sports Group (WSG), the marketing agency of IPL, International Management Group (IMG), the organizing agency, and the Bandra house of Venu Nair, CEO of WSG.
The raids are related to a “facilitation fee” of $80 million paid by MSM (formerly Sony Entertainment Television) to WSG, a source close to the development said.
A group of more than 20 I-T officers are participating in the raid, the source said.
Faced with the allegation, WSG had on Tuesday claimed that it had done no wrong and would take appropriate action to uphold its reputation.
“Any allegation that WSG has used any funds received in connection with its sub-licence of these rights for inappropriate or unlawful activities is completely unfounded and without substance,” World Sports Group (WSG) had said in a statement.
In 2008, WSG bagged IPL television rights for 10 years with a $918 million bid and a promise to spend $108 million on the event. It also signed a deal with MSM making Sony the official broadcaster.
However, two months before IPL-2, the deal was scrapped. It was recast with MSM agreeing to pay $1.63 billion for nine years.
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First Published: Wed, Apr 21 2010. 01 16 PM IST