Covid-19 spread may affect IPL: Apex Court hearing after Holi break

12-03-2020

New Delhi, The Supreme Court, on Thursday, declined to take up a Public Interest Litigation filed by a lawyer-petitioner in person, seeking a direction of it to take, during the upcoming Indian Premier League matches, comprehensive safety measures with regard to the spread of Coronavirus . A vacation bench, headed by Justice U U Lalit, asked petitioner-advocate, Mohan Babu Agarwal, to mention his PIL again on March 16, when Apex Court reopens after the Holi break. "We are sitting in vacation & it is a vacation bench, taking up the matters which can not be deferred," ruled the bench, after hearing the mentioning by Agrawal. If the, Justice Lalit told counsel Agrawal, IPL matches are to begin from March 29 in India, 'you can mention it again with your prayers and petition on reopening of the regular bench of Apex Court.' The PIL also sought a direction from Apex Court for postponement of the IPL fixtures, commencing from March 29, in view of the nCov outbreak that has claimed 3,000 lives in China and has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation.

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