The Delhi High Court on 18 November granted a temporary permission to the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) for hosting the fourth and final Test between India and South Africa at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium, scheduled from 3-7 December.
The DDCA had moved to the court for interim relief after the South Delhi Municipal Cooperation (SDMC) had on 16 November rejected their application for a no-objection certificate to hold the final Test of the four-match series.
During the hearing, the court also directed the SDMC to issue provisional occupancy certificate to the DDCA who were given a deadline till 17 November by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to get all the necessary clearances from the government and the Delhi civic body.
The DDCA came under scrutiny after former cricketer and BJP MP Kirti Azad had raised the issue of financial irregularities within the association. A three-member panel, comprised of secretaries in the sports and urban development departments, was formed to investigate the alleged financial irregularities in the DDCA.
The three-member panel, that was supposed to report back on their findings within 48 hours, submitted its report on 17 November and recommended the suspension of DDCA. The panel also suggested that the DDCA should be brought under the ambit of Right To Information Act.
The issue of corruption and financial management has plagued the DDCA for many years, but the inability of the factions to resolve the differences seems to have come to bite them back. Both the Delhi government and the Delhi civic body have slapped numerous notices on the DDCA.
The BCCI, too, has stopped the funds to the DDCA for the past two years after the association failed to file its accounts for the said period. On the other hand, prominent former Delhi cricketers led by former Indian captain Bishan Singh Bedi also met Kejriwal on 10 November and submitted a memorandum alleging largescale corruption within the association.