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SC orders unsealing of stands for today's match
PTI
New Delhi, May 14, 2013
First Published: 11:27 IST(14/5/2013)
Last Updated: 15:26 IST(14/5/2013)

The Supreme Court directed Chennai Corporation to de-seal three stands with 12,000 seats in M A Chidambaram Stadium for Tuesday's IPL match between Chennai Superkings and Delhi Daredevils.

A bench of justices B S Chauhan and Dipak Misra, however, said that the stands will remain closed for other matches and they cannot be opened without its permission.

Without going into the merits whether the construction of the three stands was illegal or not, the bench allowed their usage, saying that tickets had already been sold for the stands and it would create law and order problem if people were not allowed to get in to watch the match.

The court was hearing a petition filed by Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) seeking its direction to de-seal the three stands.

The Association assured the bench that the stands will not be used in any match without the court's permission.

TNCA had challenged Chennai Corporation's action of sealing three stands --I, J and K--on the ground that they had been constructed without prior permission from the authorities concerned.

It had submitted that the three sealed stands were part of renovation work going on in the stadium and six stands had already been allowed by the Corporation.

The cricket body had pleaded that the stands be de-sealed as tickets had already been sold for Tuesday's match. Seven T20 league matches had been played in the stadium this year without any hitch, it had said.


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