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Supreme court rejects the plea of the Maharashtra State cricket boards

The Supreme Court has rejected plea of Mumbai Cricket Association and Maharashtra Cricket Association against the Bombay HC order to shift  IPL matches out of the drought-hit state. 

SC observed that it is better to shift the matches in the wake of the current drought situation in the state. 

Mumbai Cricket Association on last Friday moved the Supreme Court against the Bombay High Court order directing shifting of IPL matches outside Maharashtra.

The cricket association in its plea said that it will not be using potable water for the cricket pitches but instead use treated sewage water.

The Bombay High Court had on April 13 ordered shifting of all IPL matches scheduled in Maharashtra after April 30 to another state in view of the severe drought in the state. 

As per the HC's order, 13 matches, including the final in Mumbai scheduled for May 29, cannot be held in Maharashtra. 

Later, however, Bombay HC allowed May 1 match in Pune between Rising Pune Supergiants and Mumbai Indians.

The High Court's direction had come despite an assurance by BCCI that IPL franchises of Mumbai and Pune had agreed to contribute Rs five crore to Chief Minister's drought relief fund.

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