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PIL filed in Orissa HC Seeking Cancellation of T20I Match in Cuttack's Barabati Stadium

Sonal Bhargava | Edited By Prabhat Bandhulya

A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Orissa High Court, requesting that the 2nd T-20 match between India and South Africa, planned for June 12, 2022 at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack, be cancelled.

Sanjay Kumar Naik, a human rights activist, has filed the petition. He has named 15 respondents, including the State of Odisha, the Odisha Cricket Association, and the BCCI.

The petitioner had previously approached the Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) with a similar request, claiming that the concerned authority had not been issued a fire safety measure certificate or a structural safety certificate for hosting an international match that is expected to draw around 45,000 spectators. The petitioner argues that the Deputy Commissioner of Police submitted a report to the OHRC that expressed concerns regarding safety measures. The petitioner sought the High Court for urgent intervention when the OHRC scheduled the next hearing for June 17th.

The petitioner argued that an organisation that does not follow the law's mandatory requirements should not be permitted to execute any duty with the assistance of government officials. It further stated that government employees must be aware of their responsibilities to ensure that mandatory legal requirements are followed, particularly the "fire safety measures" outlined in the Odisha Fire Prevention and Fire Safety Rules, 2017. (as amended in 2019).

According to the petition, the majority of the stadium's construction is over seventy years old, and there is no 'structural stability certificate' given by a competent institution. It went on to say that the petitioner isn't outright opposed to the match being held; rather, it wants it cancelled if the safety procedures aren't followed to the letter of the law.

As a result, the petitioner has asked the Court to limit and ban the opposing parties from holding the T-20 International Match until they have made all essential fire safety precautions and obtained certificates in strict conformity with the Fire Safety Rule, 2017.

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