Legal hitch cleared for IPL match in Chennai Tuesday

Chennai, May 14 (IANS) The Madras High Court Tuesday ordered interim stay of the order of state public works department (PWD) withdrawing the structural stability certificate issued for M.A. Chidambaram stadium enabling the conduct of the Indian Premier League (IPL) match between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils.

The court’s order came as a welcome respite for thousands of fans who have bought tickets to watch the night match here Tuesday.

The court, while issuing its interim order, found prima facie grounds for allowing the match. It did not find substance in the reasons for cancelling the structural stability certificate by the PWD.

The state government had contended that the nomenclature of the three stands differed from the plans that was submitted earlier.

The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) contended that it was not given notice about the withdrawal of the certificate by the PWD.

The Supreme Court ordered the Chennai Corporation to de-seal the three stands in the stadium that houses around 12,000 seats for the Tuesday match alone.

On May 12 the Chennai Corporation had sealed the three stands as it was constructed without permission.

The TNCA had promised the court that it would not use the stands without the court’s prior permission.

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