The issue of conducting IPL matches in the drought hit Maharashtra state, has now taken a new turn. The Supreme court has on April 27, 2016 rejected the plea by Mumbai Cricket Association against the Bombay High Court on shifting the matches out of the state.
The order by the Supreme Court has said that, no matches will be held in Maharashtra after May 1, 2016. The court said, “It is better to move out the matches in wake of the drought”. A joint Special Leave Petition was filed by the Maharashtra Cricket Association in the Supreme Court after the Bombay High Court had ordered to move the IPL matches out of Maharashtra.
The state of Maharashtra is facing a severe water crisis due to which many of the sectors have demanded that the matches should be moved out. The petition was filed for allowing the matches to be held according to the original schedule.
On the other hand senior advocate P Chidambaram and A M Singhvi, who appeared for the state cricket bodies said that they will not be using potable water for any of the cricket related activities in the stadium and will be using treated sewage water. The court thus dismissed the plea saying that it was better to shift the matches out of the state.
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