KARNATAKA

Court appoints arbitrator in Dhoni-KSDL row

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday appointed former High Court Judge R. Gururajan as the arbitrator to resolve the dispute between India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and State-run Karnataka Soaps and Detergents Ltd. (KSDL).

Mr. Dhoni was dragged to the court by KSDL which claimed that he had reneged on an advertisement contract he had signed with the company. KSDL alleged that Mr. Dhoni had failed to provide the Rs. 40 lakh compensation after he breached a two-year contract he signed with it in January 2006.

KSDL said it had roped in Dhoni to sell its soaps, paying his endorsement company, Sporting and Outdoor Solutions Rs. 64 lakh.

KSDL said another instalment of Rs. 20 lakh was to be paid to Mr. Dhoni later.

But Karnataka Soaps and Detergents Ltd. said the batsman-wicketkeeper did not give even 10 days for the promotional work due to which his contract was terminated in December 2007, a month before it was to officially expire.

Appointment

Justice S. Abdul Nazir appointed Mr. Gururajan as arbitrator after all the parties agreed.