Indian Premier League (IPL) Chairman Rajeev Shukla on Tuesday met with Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba

IPL Chairman seeks centre’s intervention in IPL matches

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New Delhi, April 10: Indian Premier League (IPL) Chairman Rajeev Shukla on Tuesday met with Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba here seeking centre’s intervention for providing security to avoid disruptions during Twenty20 cricket matches in Chennai over the Cauvery waters issue.

Shukla met with the Home Secretary at his North Block office in the wake of demands by various Tamil groups and political parties that IPL Twenty20 matches be suspended in the city until the Cauvery water dispute is sorted out.

The Tamil groups have demanded that the authorities cancel Tuesday’s IPL match in Chennai between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).

In his interaction with media here, Shukla said he had been assured by the centre, the Tamil Nadu government and the Chennai police of the smooth conduct of IPL matches in Chennai.

“I met the Home Secretary, who spoke to the Police DGP (Director General of Police), giving him instructions that full security should be provided to the spectators, players and no untoward incidents should not happen,” Shukla said.

“Tamil Nadu government and Chennai police have also assured that security will be provided.” 

Hours before the CSK-KKR tie, some pro-Tamil activists tried to stage a demonstration outside the M.A. Chidambaram stadium in Chennai against holding of the IPL fixtures in Tamil Nadu.

The Supreme Court had on February 16 reduced Tamil Nadu’s share of Cauvery water to 177.25 thousand million cubic feet (TMC), down from the 192 TMC allocated by a tribunal in 2007. Karnataka’s share of water was increased by 14.75 TMC.

The Centre failed to set up the CMB within six weeks of the apex court’s February 16 order. The deadline ended on March 29. The court has now asked the government to work out a roadmap by May 3.

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