MCA owes Mumbai Police Rs 21.34 crore for providing security in the last 7 years

MCA owes Mumbai Police Rs 21.34 crore for providing security in the last 7 years

The bills of the IPL 2019 are yet to be raised.

Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai in the IPL
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has failed to clear the dues of seven Indian Premier League (IPL) seasons to Mumbai Police. The police have been providing proper security to all the matches, including the IPL, played in the city. As per a Right to Information (RTI) revelation, MCA is yet to pay Rs 21.34 crore to Mumbai police including pending interest of Rs 5.61 crore.

These pending dues are of the security provided by the police until 2018 and don’t include the recently concluded IPL season in which Mumbai Indians played hosts in the seven matches. The Mumbai Police provided full security to the teams, players and the venues during the IPL this year as well despite the fact that the Home Ministry orders were pending and the last order expired on March 31, 2019.

“Assistant Commissioner of Police (coordination) Dilip Thorat has replied under the RTI Act that the outstanding amount includes fees for providing security for One Day Internationals, T-20 World Cup, Tests and Women’s World Cup matches, all of which are pending and the amount keeps piling up,” The RTI activist Anil Galgali was quoted as saying by India Today.

IPL 2019 bills not raised yet

The Mumbai Police haven’t raised the bills of the IPL 2019 yet as they are yet to received the orders to do the same from the state government. The previous IPL edition had cost the police a total of Rs 1.48 crore but even those expenses are not paid by the MCA. Anil Galgali felt that the MCA should clear the dues immediately as the police help the tournaments like IPL conduct smoothly.

“It is obligatory on the part of the MCA to immediately clear the dues of the police department for the prompt help the police provides by way of security and smooth conduct of the IPL. Even the police officers concerned must ensure that the bills are cleared within a reasonable period after the IPL is over,” Galgali further added.

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