A plea was moved in the Delhi high court on Monday to stop the IPL matches being held in Delhi immediately and instead to use the ground for Covid-related relief as the situation is grim. Delhi is one of the most affected cities in India due to the second wave of coronavirus — and the cases have been going in an upward direction as of now in the national capital.
The IPL is a two-month tournament that was scheduled to take place in six venues this year and Delhi is one of the venues. It is really tough to successfully run a big tournament like IPL without fans in the country and now the whole tournament could be on the verge of getting cancelled after the petition filed by Advocate Karan Singh Thukral.
Advocate Questions The Reason Behind Prioritising IPL Over Public Health
Karan Singh Thukral is a practising advocate and alongside Kapil Kumar, he filed a petition that sought an enquiry on why IPL is being prioritized over the health concerns in the nation. The petitioners requested the high court to stop the upcoming IPL matches from being held in Delhi and in a sense, put a hold on the entire tournament until the condition improves.
“On one side, people are dying due to a lack of hospital beds and are seen waiting in queues to cremate their loved ones, while on the other end, instead of applying resources to its optimal use, the respondent(s) have deemed it appropriate to go on and support the conduct of the IPL,” The Petition of Thakur Read.
Advocate Condemns Government For Being Careless
Advocate also condemned the government for being reckless and insensitive despite the surge in cases, and for not showing sympathy to the people who are struggling for beds and oxygen. He also added that the government by allowing the IPL to happen has made a mockery of the emotions of the people who are constantly in need of speed for cremating their loved ones.
The matter was moved to the Delhi high court division bench and the next hearing is to be held on May 5.