Bombay High Court Gives 15 Days To BCCI To Take IPL Out Of Maharashtra

The Bombay High Court has directed the Maharashtra government to shift all IPL matches to be held on or after April 30 out of the state.

The ruling comes in the wake of one of the worst drought crisis in the history of Maharashtra.

The court was hearing a PIL by NGO, Loksatta Movement. The court had previously rapped the BCCI. Even Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis had been criticised following which he assured that potable water was not being used for the pitches.


PTI/Mitesh Bhuvad

PTI/Mitesh Bhuvad

The BCCI tried to tell the court that shifting of the matches will hit the economic balance. It told the court that such a step would have been possible a month ago.


A total of 13 matches which were to be held in Pune, Nagpur and Mumbai will now be held outside of the state.

Though a bench of justices V.M. Kanade and M.S. Karnik observed that such a ruling might not solve the water crisis but water diverted from the IPL will at least assuage the thirst of the people to some extent.

The court has however accepted BCCI’s offer of donating Rs.5 crore to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund and providing 64 lakh litres of water to drought affected regions of Maharashtra.


On Tuesday, the BCCI had informed the court that the water being used on for the upkeep of the grounds was sewage water and not potable water.

Some welcomed the decision, while others did not:



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