The Supreme Court directed the Chennai Corporation to unseal three stands with 12,000 seats in Chepauk’s 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 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 watch the match.
The court was hearing a petition filed by Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) seeking its direction to unseal the three stands. 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
Meanwhile, the direction from the Supreme Court came as a relief to the Chennai police as they were preparing security measures for the match and to manage the angry and disappointed crowd if the stands had been closed. “It would have become a big law and order issue if the stands remained closed for the match. If you open it, it becomes contempt of court. But there were also plans made by the TNCA to cancel the match,” a senior police official said.