New Delhi: A lawyer on Monday (May 2) filed a petition in the Delhi High Court calling for the cancellations the Delhi leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The petition called for the court to direct the Centre, the city government and cricketing bodies BCCI and DDCA to immediately cease the tournament.
The petition was submitted to the bench of Justice Prathiba M Singh. The plea was moved by Karan S Thukral, a lawyer, who has contended that conducting IPL matches in Delhi at a time when the city is grappling with a shortage of beds, oxygen, essential medicines and people are cremating their loved ones is “unreasonable and unjustified”.
The lawyer said that matches should be cancelled in the prevailing circumstances and instead, the stadium be used as a COVID care centre for people.
The Arun Jaitley Stadium has already hosted one match and will host a further seven matches till May 8.
The plea, filed though advocate Kapil Kumar, said. “On one side, people are dying due to a lack of hospital beds and are seen waiting in queues to cremate their loved ones, while on the other end, instead of applying resources to its optimal use, the respondent(s) have deemed it appropriate to go on and support the conduct of the IPL,” Thukral has said in his petition.
The IPL has already been affected as the match between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Monday was postponed after Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier of the KKR tested positive for COVID-19.
Meanwhile, Ravichandran Ashwin, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson have opted out of the tournament due to the prevailing COVID-19 conditions.
With inputs from PTI