CAB served demand notice ahead of fifth India-England ODI

Kolkata Mayor Sobhan Chatterjee claimed that Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has not paid the arrears to the city’s governing body since 2007 Getty Images

Kolkata: Oct 24, 2011

Just a day before hosting the fifth cricket one-dayer between India and England, Cricket Association of Bengal was on Monday served a demand notice for Rs 1.23 crore towards pending amusement tax by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation.

“The arrears were due from 2007 so we have sent them a demand notice on Monday,” Kolkata Mayor Sobhan Chatterjee said, but clarified that it would not be a problem for the one-dayer.

The state association, gearing up to host the match, however, maintained that there were no dues to the civic body.

“We have recently paid Rs 59.76 lakh in amusement tax to the state government. How can amusement tax be paid to KMC?” CAB joint-secretary Biswarup Dey asked.

“If there was any due since 2007 why did they not ask for it earlier? We will act as per law and if there is really anything pending we will clear it,” Dey said.

“Tomorrow, if the police or army (which owns the property) also asks for taxes does the CAB have to pay them separately?” he questioned.

Having been robbed of India’s World Cup fixture due to unpreparedness of the Eden Gardens earlier this year, the CAB would host the national side after about two years.

The the last time India had played at the Eden was on Christmas eve in 2009 against Sri Lanka. (PTI)