The Supreme Court on Monday indicated it would impose a penalty of Rs 1 crore on the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) for raising an unauthorised structure at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium. The bench was hearing a petition about the RP Mehra block which falls within 100 metres of the heritage Kotla Baoli.
“Learned counsel for the petitioner states that he will obtain instructions from the petitioner whether or not, the petitioner will be ready to pay a sum of Rs 1 crore towards cost (to be utilized for providing facilities in the cricket stadium, Feroz Shah Kotla,” stated the order by a bench led by Justice JS Khehar.
The bench further observed that it may not be prudent to order demolition of the disputed structure. “People are playing cricket in the stadium. If the said disputed structure of the stadium is brought down, it will serve no one’s purpose. It will be a national wastage,” remarked the bench about the RP Mehra block.
Appearing for the DDCA, senior advocate L Nageshwar Rao said he would obtain instructions and revert. DDCA has moved the top court against a denial by the MCD for a no-objection certificate to the cricket body for the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium over unauthorised construction.
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