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.
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.
Bombay High Court says several opportunities were given to BCCI and state cricket associations to move put matches from the state
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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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So glad to hear ,Bombay high court verdict acknowledging the drought in Maharashtra n shifting IPL matches. It’s a great leap forward.
— Madhur Bhandarkar (@imbhandarkar) April 13, 2016
I welcome Bombay High Court’s directive to shift #IPL matches out of Maharashtra. In fact, IPL should be shifted out of India to Canada/SA.
— Devinder Sharma (@Devinder_Sharma) April 13, 2016
Shifting of IPL matches out of Maharashtra is a good step. Hope Bombay High Court also bans washing of idols in temples as it wastes water.
— Eminent Intellectual (@padhalikha) April 13, 2016
Great decision by Bombay High Court. Next step would probably be to ban all cricket matches in India whenever the monsoons fail
— The Bad Doctor (@DOCTORATLARGE) April 13, 2016