The Thimphu district court has ordered the organiser of an inter-departmental football tournament held last year to pay a compensation of Nu 18,000 to the two teams that reached the final.
The organiser, Karma Phuntsho of Clover Events and Entertainment, has also been asked to pay the unpaid prize money to the finalists within the next two months.
Karma Phuntsho was found guilty of failing to give prizes for the football tournament he organised.
The court verdict said that he was supposed to give Nu 50,000 and Nu 30,000 to the winning and the runner up teams, but he only gave Nu 10,000 and made an agreement with the team leaders to pay the remaining amount within 10 days. The final was held on November 20, 2012.
Karma Phuntsho submitted before court that he could not give the prize money on time, as he had extended his business, and that he would give the prizes within three months.
The verdict also stated that, although Karma Phuntsho was guilty of deceptive practice, breach of trust and breach of contract, he did not have any criminal record. As such, he was made to compensate the team leaders as reparation for loss over and above the amount due to them.
By Tashi Dema