The Delhi High Court on Friday said that the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) will not be allowed to host the ICC World Twenty 20 matches unless it acquires completion certificate and requisite compliance.
A bench of justices BD Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva further said that it had allowed DDCA to host the India-South Africa Test series in Feroz Shah Kotla on the conditions that in future they will not conduct any new tournament without a completion certificate.
It also said that in its order it made clear that DDCA was given “ the last opportunity” to get the necessary clearances from Delhi Urban Arts Commission and Archaeological Survey of India and no-objection certificate from Land and Development Office, as well as completion certificate from South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), By March 31.
“We had directed SDMC to issue a provisional occupancy certificate for only those test matches. You get a completion certificate and then come here. Without that we cannot give your permission to conduct any matches,” the court said.
The court order came on the DDCA fresh application to allow them to conduct ICC Twenty 20 World Cup 2016, which is scheduled to begin from March 8, by asking SDMC to give them provisional occupancy certificate for the matches to be held in Delhi.
It said that they will be allowed to host the matches at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium here on or before March 31 next year under the supervision of justice Mukul Mudgal, a former Judge of Delhi Court and former Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court.
The court, however, said that it cannot alter its order and DDCA will have to get the requisite certificate.
“Wrong forum, wrong petition. This application cannot be entertained,” the bench said, adding that “without compliance where is the question of holding any new matches”.
SDMC counsel Gaurang Kant contended that DDCA had obtained interim relief 13 times in the past, despite not making any effort to get the requisite clearances.