HC paves way for DDCA to hold IPL matches at Kotla

Delhi High Court on Thursday paved the way for DDCA to hold IPL matches between April 12 to May 1 at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium by asking South Delhi Municipal Corporation to issue a provisional occupancy certificate to the association to make preparations for the event. A bench of justices B D Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva, however, made it clear that SDMC will issue the POC subject to the condition that no objection certificates are obtained by DDCA from the Delhi Fire Service as well as the assistant electrical inspector.

The court also directed the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) to give an undertaking it “shall be held responsible for any consequences on account of non-compliance of any statutory norms” and disposed of its application. DDCA had moved the application seeking a direction to SDMC to issue a POC from April 12 to May 1 as five IPL matches are scheduled to be held in the stadium on April 12, April 20, April 23, April 26 and May 1. It also noted that DDCA “has already deposited a sum of Rs 1.5 crore towards alleged property tax dues, on account and without prejudice to the rights and contentions of the parties”.


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