The Supreme Court on Tuesday has allowed the MA Chidambaram Stadium to be used for the IPL match between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils.
On Sunday, the municipal corporation sealed three stands - I,J and K - at the Chennai stadium after the Supreme Court vacated the stay granted by the Madras High Court in February. The Tamil Nadu government has also withdrawn the stability certificate that was given to nine stands at the stadium. Moreover, the Chennai Police issued a show-cause notice to the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) after the stability certificates were withdrawn, reported NDTV.
However, the SC on Monday agreed for an urgent hearing of a plea filed by the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) in a bid to de-seal the three stands at the stadium. TNCA had claimed they had obtained permission from the Chennai Corporation to conduct cricket matches till 22 May.
In a major relief for at least 39,000 fans, who have valid tickets to attend the match on Tuesday, the Supreme Court allowed to unseal the three stands at the stadium.
"In the facts and circumstances of the case that tickets have been sold prior to the interim order of this court in respect of three stands - I , J and K - and in view of the undertaking that these stands shall not be used without permission of authorities and this court we allow the application," the bench said on Tuesday, according to NDTV.
Now that the SC has allowed to de-seal the stands, the match between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils will happen as per schedule. It is not known as to who will replace Delhi Daredevils skipper Mahela Jayawardne, as the Tamil Nadu chief minister had earlier refused to host the Sri Lankan players in Chennai, in the wake of the Sri Lankan Tamils issue.