TNCA moves to Supreme Court over de-sealing of three stands in MA Chidambaram Stadium

Chennai Super Kings will take on the Delhi Daredevils on Tuesday © IANS

New Delhi: May 13, 2013 

The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) has approached the apex court to facilitate the de-sealing of three stands in the MA Chidambaram Stadium at Chennai ahead of the match between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils.

A bench of justices BS Chauhan and Dipak Misra agreed to give an urgent hearing to the Association’s plea in view of the IPL match and posted the matter for tomorrow.

TNCA has 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.

Seeking de-sealing of three stands, TNCA submitted that the three sealed stands were part of renovation work going on in the stadium and six stands have already been allowed by the Corporation.

It also submitted that stands be de-sealed as the tickets have already been sold for IPL match to be played in the stadium, which has this year already conducted seven IPL matches without any hitch.

Yesterday, the Chennai Corporation sealed the three stands in the stadium, saying they were yet to get planning permission and building approval.

The sealing came after the Supreme Court stayed the February 6 order of the Madras High Court.

The high court had set aside orders of the Tamil Nadu Housing and Urban Development Department, Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority, the Chennai Corporation and the Additional Commissioner of Police, in 2011 and 2012 which restrained TNCA from using the reconstructed stands in the stadium.