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Coronavirus: Plea moved to postpone IPL Cricket matches, Supreme Court says no urgency

Shruti Mahajan

A plea to postpone the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket matches to guard against the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) was mentioned today before the Supreme Court.

The petition filed by one Mohan Babu Agarwal also seeks action against BCCI and IPL administration committee for violating govt directives to control the spread of the coronavirus.

The petition points that the congregation of huge crowds during the conduct of IPL matches "may increase the probability of making the situation more grave and dangerous not only for players but also the public at large."

“The risk is quite high due to huge crown gathering including players, staff, cheerleaders and the staff etc.”

PIL petitioner

He adds that India may be in more danger that other countries given its large population. While this is the case, the petitioner queries, “Can organisers explain how are they going to ensure that no infected person comes in contact with the others. Will there be any screening”?

It was submitted for the petitioner today that the organising authorities for IPL have not declared any safety measures, while these matches pull large crowds.

The vacation Bench, however, declined to hear the matter urgently and asked the lawyer to mention the matter once the Supreme Court reopens on March 16 after the Holi break.

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