chinnaswamy stadiumA Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed in the Karnataka High Court on Monday, seeking to shift IPL matches out of Bengaluru due to ‘severe drought’.

The High Court had on April 7 asked the petitioner to file a fresh plea on his petition seeking to shift IPL matches out of the state.

The court had rejected the petition filed by a lawyer named Diwakar, saying there are some technical faults in his plea. The court, however, asked him to file the petition afresh as he did not make IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla a party before the petition could be taken up for hearing.

Earlier, Bombay High Court had pulled up the BCCI for wasting water for maintaining cricket grounds when people are dying for lack of water in Maharashtra. Hearing a petition, the Bombay HC had directed the Indian cricket board to move matches out of Maharashtra.

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However, the HC declined to put a stay order on the opening match of the IPL 9 that was played at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Saturday between Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants.

The court also directed the government to investigate from where the BCCI was getting the rest of the water if it was supplied only 22,000 litre water and asked for a statement on whether the water supplied to stadiums was potable or non-potable.

The Maharashtra Cricket Association, however, questioned the timing of the petition asking why it was filed 4 days before the first match “when (the) schedule was declared long ago”.