Mumbai, April 13: Bombay High Court has completed the hearing of petition filed by civil activist group Loksatta demanding the shifting of Indian Premiere League (IPL) matches out of Maharashtra. The bench led by Justice Kanade pronounced the order on 4:30 PM on Wednesday. The judiciary has partially allotted permission to BCCI to hold matches as per schedule in Maharashtra till April 30. IPL matches scheduled in the state in May need to be shifted out.Also Read - IPL 2021 | England Players to Get Green-Light For Participation as Bangladesh Series Postponed: Reports
Court had rapped Maharashtra government in the earlier proceedings for providing 22,000 litres of water to Mumbai Cricket Association on daily basis, at a time when the districts of Osmanabad, Latur and Marathwada are reeling under severe drought. (ALSO READ: IPL 2016: Not feasible to shift matches out of Pune says, BCCI tells High Court) Also Read - Harbhajan Singh Recalls When Varun Chakravarthy Troubled MS Dhoni in CSK's Nets
BCCI had agreed to the court’s order, instructing all districts reeling under drought would be provided tankers of water by the franchises playing in the state. Mumbai Indians, Rising Pune Giants and Kings XI Punjab are the three teams which have chosen the stadiums of Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur respectively as their homegrounds. Also Read - Shreyas Iyer Ruled Out of Lancashire's Royal London Cup Campaign, Expected to be Fit For Remainder of IPL 2021
The Maharashtra government has assured the court that only sewage treated non-potable water would be supplied to the stadiums of Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur to maintain the pitches and grass-cover of the ground.