The matter was mentioned by Delhi and District Cricket Association's counsel before the bench of Chief Justice of India TS Thakur © Getty Images (Representational Image)
The matter was mentioned by Delhi and District Cricket Association’s counsel before the bench of Chief Justice of India TS Thakur © Getty Images (Representational Image)

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to give an urgent hearing to DDCA‘s petition against a Delhi High Court order dismissing its application seeking restoration of a plea for a no-objection certificate (NOC) from MCD for the Ferozshah Kotla stadium which was denied ASI clearance. The matter was mentioned by Delhi and District Cricket Association’s counsel before the bench of Chief Justice of India TS Thakur, that listed it for hearing on March 28. The plea, mentioned by advocate Sangram Patnaik, said the Delhi High Court by its March 3 order had dismissed the DDCA’s application to restore its 1997 petition seeking NOC from MCD for the stadium, which was denied Archaeological Survey of India’s (ASI) clearance. Rahul Sanghvi’s dual roles in IPL and DDCA consititutes conflict of interest, says BCCI

The High Court, while rejecting DDCA’s restoration application, had said the association cannot “live from match to match” and it can hold a match after demolishing a part of the structure, which is within 100 metres of the historical structure ‘Kotla Baoli’. In its 1997 petition, the DDCA had challenged a June 1992 notification of ASI, as per which construction within 100 metres of ‘Kotla Baoli’ is prohibited. DDCA approach Union Tourism and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma for use of Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium

As per DDCA’s petition, only the outer parapet wall of the monument was at a 100 metre distance from the stadium and not the actual monument. It had also said there was a road between the monument’s wall and the stadium. The petition was dismissed in 2013 for non-prosecution, but was allowed to be revived if DDCA’s paid Rs 10,000 as cost each to the MCD, the Ministry of Urban Affairs and Employment, Delhi Urban Arts Commission and ASI. ICC World T20 2016: Feroz Shah Kotla fails ASI test, 2,000 seats in old pavilion to be lost

In its petition, DDCA had also sought a direction to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to restore the stadium’s sanctioned plan. The cricketing body had submitted that under Delhi Master Plan, Ferozshah Kotla has been earmarked as a cricket ground. The stadium was built with the requisite permission and the only change made thereafter was adding of one more floor to the RP Mehra block of the stadium.