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Star initiates arbitration proceedings against Navjot Sidhu
MUMBAI: Star India is at loggerheads
with former Indian cricketer and
commentator Navjot Singh Sidhu over
alleged breach of contract by the
The broadcaster has initiated
arbitration proceedings against Sidhu
in the Bombay High Court for signing
up with its rival Multi Screen Media
(MSM) for the Indian Premier League
(IPL) despite being bound by an
exclusivity clause.
According to a report in Mid-Day, the
broadcaster had inked a three-year
exclusive contract with Sidhu for
a payment to the tune of Rs 22.5
crore (Rs 225 million). Under the
terms of the contract, Sidhu was not
supposed to do commentary for Star’s
rivals. However, the commentator
went ahead and signed up with MSM
for its IPL wraparound show ‘Extraaa
The single-member bench of Justice
RD Dhanuka accepted Star India’s plea
of initiating arbitration proceedings
for breach of contract so that it can
seek damages and a refund of fees
paid to Sidhu, the report added.
The bench also appointed Mumbai-
based Advocate Zal Andhyarujina as
the sole arbitrator, who recently held
the first meeting between parties
involved and issued directions to
facilitate further proceedings.
According to the HC order, Sidhu had
failed to respond to the said notice
and did not even suggest any name.
The order further said that an
arbitration agreement existed
between the parties.
As per the deal, Sidhu was expected to
provide not less than 150 days of
commentary in the first year and not
less than 180 days for the next two
years. Star, which was supposed to
pay him the yearly fees in advance,
paid him advance fees of Rs 8 crore
(Rs 80 million) within six months of
execution of the agreement.
Star alleged that Sidhu had failed to
meet his commitments by providing
commentary only for 41 days. It also
alleged that he completely disregarded
the exclusivity commitment by
agreeing to works with MSM
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