A former state level cricket player and current HC lawyer by profession, Rahul Tiwari, has filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in front of the bench of the Bombay High Court stating that most of the public grounds lack basic facilities such as toilet, medical assistance, drinking water and needs to be addressed.
The Bombay High Court bench led by justices Anil Menon and MS Karnik also stated that several children including adults play cricket on these public grounds and which is in control under cricket associations either the civic bodies and lack poor basic facilities.
Mr. Tiwari, the person filing the litigation told the court, that he himself was a professional cricketer and was part of many districts as well as state level tournaments. But even after paying a fee to the civic body or the other sports association, the grounds in the state do not have access to clean drinking water or to a toilet.
In a most interesting topic when it was further mentioned that while organising camps or practice matches the permission towards the above-mentioned access to basic facilities were often denied by the civic or the state authorities, of which the HC bench expressed it to be completely unacceptable. The HC bench further asked MCA and the BCCI that,
“Have you ever applied and then have been denied permission? File an affidavit,”
Further the bench made an historic statement saying to the civic body and the sports association,
“This is not an adversarial litigation, for you might get your next star from a public ground. So many bright children are playing on public grounds,”
The HC bench further thrashed the two bodies (Civic and Sports council) stating,
“These are the last organisations that can say they do not have funds. Sports have to be encouraged, not just for children but for adults as well,”
The high court bench then further asked MCA, BCCI and the BMC to fie their respective affidavits within two weeks detailing about the how many grounds or facilities is under whose authority.