Bombay High Court allows the First IPL match in Mumbai, despite drought concerns: Govt. to reply by April 12


New Delhi: Yesterday, on 7th day of April, the honourable Bombay High Court decided not to stay the IPL- Indian Premier League’s first match which is be to held between Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants, at the Mumbai- based Wankhede Stadium on tomorrow, i.e. on 9th day of April.

It was seen that the said decision is taken by the concerned division bench of the high Court, headed by the Justice- V. M. Kanade, who despite of the water crisis in the state, sought to decide that the first Match of the IPL, 9 cannot be stayed.

The division bench was hearing the Public Interest Litigation which was filed by the Non- Government Organisation- Loksatta Movement and others, where they sought to maintain that as much as Sixty lakhs of litres of water was proposed to be used for the maintenance of the cricket pitches in the State’s based stadiums, in three venues in connection with the IPL matches.

However, the court decided, reportedly, that not to stay the first match of the IPL in Maharashtra’s Mumbai- based stadium, as there has been made all the arrangements in this connection, and the said petitions were themselves filed at the last stage.

Moreover, while deciding so, the court has also asked the government to file their detailed responses to the claim in the Petitions by the 12th day of April and also the organisations were asked to meet and decide on other matches to be held in Maharashtra.

While hearing the petitions, the bench of the high Court also sought to slam at the State Government saying what it has done.

It was claimed through the petition that the Maharashtra Cricket Association should be retrained by the Court from using such amount of water for preparing grounds for IPL.

Earlier the bench of the High Court decided to ask the cricket bodies to shift their matches to some other states were such issue of water crisis would not be available. Also while, it had that time slammed the bodies saying, is their IPL is more than the lives of people.

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