The Bombay High Court today issued notice to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Maharashtra Cricket Association seeking their response on a PIL alleging violation of noise pollution norms during IPL matches.
Kapil Soni, an advocate, filed the petition in 2014 alleging that during the IPL matches held in 2013 at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium and Pune’s Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, the noise pollution norms and regulations were violated, and hence legal action should be initiated against BCCI and MCA and heavy penalty should be imposed.
A division bench of justices A S Oka and A A Sayed issued notice to BCCI and MCA, and posted the PIL for further hearing on September 16.
According to the petition, during the IPL in 2013, the matches held in Pune and Mumbai began at 8 in the evening and went on till midnight including the prize distribution ceremony.
“Loud speakers were being used and loud music was being played during the matches even after the prescribed time deadline and thus violated provisions of the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Act.
Legal action should be initiated against the BCCI and MCA and a cost of Rs 100 crore should be levied on BCCI,” the petition claimed.