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The Bombay High Court on Thursday said there will be no stay on the first match of Indian Premier League’s ninth version (IPL 9) scheduled for April 9 at Wankhede Stadium.

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On April 5, terming as “serious issue”, the drought-like situation in Maharashtra, the high court said it needs to look into it while hearing a PIL against use of water for the purpose of maintaining pitches prior to the Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament.

“How can you waste water like this…are the people more important or your IPL matches? Only if the water supply to BCCI is cut, you will understand,” said a stern division bench of Justice V.M. Kanade and Justice M.S. Karnik.

The court was hearing a PIL filed by an NGO named Loksatta Movement, which has questioned the need for holding IPL matches in Maharashtra as it would lead to a huge wastage of water when large parts of the state are reeling under severe water shortage.

“How can you be so careless? Who wastes water like this? Ideally, you should shift out the IPL matches to some other state where water is in abundance,” the bench observed.

Pointing out that the condition in Maharashtra was known to the BCCI and other cricket associations, the court said ultimately it is the government’s responsibility to check water wastage and impose restrictions on its use.

It asked acting advocate-general Rohit Deo to remain in the court and directed the state government to inform what measures it planned to take in the matter, as the cricketing authorities prepare to launch IPL jamboree with fanfare from April 9.

(With Agencies input)