England tour of India - Cricket: HC gives notice to govt for overcrowding

Published: Sunday, January 27, 2002, 0:44 [IST]
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Chennai: The Madras High Court on Wednesday issued notice to Tamil Nadu government pleader on a petition seeking appointment of a high-powered committee to inquire into the overcrowding at the M A Chidambaram Stadium here for the third One-day India versus England cricket match on January 25.Issuing the notice on a PIL filed by advocate Sivapprasad, a division bench, comprising Chief Justice B Subhashan Reddy and Justice A Subbulakshmi, directed the government pleader to file a counter affidavit within two weeks. The advocate had also prayed that a comprehensive scheme be evolved to regulate issue of tickets for international cricket matches and avoid overcrowding, stampede, suffocation or structural collapse.According to the petitioner, he was one of the thousands of spectators who had gone to witness the One-dayer but left the stadium for fear of being killed in a stampede or by suffocation.He charged the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) with throwing all safety precautions to the winds by allegedly selling thousands of tickets more than the capacity of the stadium.He also prayed for a direction to the TNCA to refund the value of tickets held by spectators who were denied entry and to restrain the association from holding any international event without evolving safety measures to avoid overcrowding.PTI


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