The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has imposed a penalty of Rs 52.24 crore on the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for irregularities while conducting Indian Premier League (IPL) tournaments and using its dominant position to restrict competition.

The competition watchdog has found BCCI guilty of “abuse of dominance” in contravention of Section 4(2)(c) of the Competition Act, 2002 and imposed a penalty of six per cent of the average annual revenue of BCCI for the past three years. Pulling up the cricket body for anti-competitive practices, CCI has asked it to delete the violative clause 9.1(c)(i) in its Media Rights Agreement, which says “BCCI represents and warrants that it shall not organise, sanction, recognise, or support during the Rights period another professional domestic Indian T20 competition that is competitive to the league.”

According to the anti-competitive trade regulator, a clause in the agreement between BCCI and Multi Screen Media spanning 10 years amounts to denial of market access to any potential competitor, which is in violation of the Act.