BJP leader and activist, Subramanian Swamy has yet again reached the court with a corruption allegation. In his statement to ANI, Swamy stated that Rajiv Shukla, as IPL president favoured Star India to grab the media rights and allegedly, Rajiv Shukla was paid INR 100 crores out of the advertising revenue that Star India collected. IPL Auction 2018 will take place soon.
Swamy’s allegation also states that BCCI was adamant on not conducting a manual auction and that shows their intention of favouring their preferred media partner by holding closed-door auctions for the media right. According to Swamy, the court has allowed him to file a petition into the matter and more details about the case will be announced by him soon.
FYI, IPL Media rights were recently sold to Star India for over INR 16,000 crores, making it the biggest and most expensive tournament in the history of cricket. Star India had placed a bid of INR 54 crore per match, which is INR 16 crore more than the fee paid for an international match featuring India.