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India-SA fourth Test as per schedule at Kotla

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court yesterday paved the way for Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) to hold the upcoming fourth India-South Africa Test match at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium and directed the South Delhi Municipal Corporation to issue the provisional occupancy certificate. A bench headed by Justice BD Ahmed observed that it does not want to penalise the players and cricket-loving public by not allowing the DDCA to host the match and appointed Justice Mukul Mudgal to oversee the affairs of the upcoming Test to be held from December 3.

“Without going into the merit of the matter, it would be appropriate that an observer is appointed to oversee the affairs of Test match and to ensure that DDCA takes requisite steps for compliance of order. In our view, Justice Mukul Mudgal will the appropriate person. Accordingly, we request Justice Mudgal to accept the assignment,” the bench said.

It said that DDCA is being given the last opportunity to get all necessary clearances from the Delhi Urban Arts Commission (DUAC) and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and no objection certificate from Land and Development Office (L&DO) and completion certificate from South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) by March 31. The bench asked the cricket association to deposit R50 lakh within two weeks with SDMC towards the property tax dues. It directed the SDMC to issue the provisional occupancy certificate to DDCA today for the period from Dec 1 to Dec 10.

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