BCCI to be penalized for holding up IPL during COVID: Plea in Bombay High Court

On May 04, 2021, the Bombay High Court consented to hear a PIL filed by Advocate Vandana Shah against the BCCI under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports regarding the termination of the IPL 2021. 

In consideration of the spike in COVID-19 cases in the country, the petition urged the BCCI to suspend or postpone the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) matches. As a result, the BCCI has temporarily suspended the IPL. 

Advocate Vandana Shah, in her plea stated that the BCCI should be held liable for conducting matches during in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic, and should be penalized with Rs. 1000 crores for mismanagement and negligence, with a strategy to use this compensation and the revenues from the IPL to support people unable to find medicines and other services required for treatment.

The plea directed Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice G S Kulkarni to relocate all IPL matches until May 30 to Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium and Navi Mumbai’s D Y Patil Stadium as the state of Maharashtra already has a huge number of COVID-19 incidents.

According to the plea, regardless of the IPL players and personnel are in a bio-bubble, the likelihood of the disease is uncertain, and in such a scenario, the transmission will be greater because players do not adhere to social distancing guidelines. The plea will be heard by the Bombay High Court on May 06, 2021.

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