Kerala HC posts plea on stadium shops for hearing tomorrow
By Team Legistify / 2017-09-18

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The Kerala High Court today posted for further hearing tomorrow a plea by business establishments challenging a notice issued by GCDA directing that the units inside the Kochi Jawaharlal Nehru International stadium complex be closed for a specific period for smooth conduct of the FIFA U-17 World Cup football tournament in October.

The petition sought adequate compensation in case their establishments are shut.When the matter came up, Justice K Vinod Chandran posted it for tomorrow for further consideration.In its petition, the business establishments said the closure of the units will cause heavy financial liabilities to them.If the Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA) is bent on implementing the direction, they should be adequately compensated, the petition said.

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The GCDA, which owns the stadium, submitted that it was in fact only a temporary suspension of the right of the tenants to use the premises.“ This is done only with a view to enable the smooth conduct of the international sports event. The government and the GCDA is legally bound to ensure that the vacant possession of the premises is given to the FIFA for enabling the smooth conduct of the international championship ,” GCDA said in a written statement filed before the court.It said any delay in the physical handing over of possession to FIFA may imperil the actual conduct of the event itself. It also argued that the terms of the agreement with the petitioners clearly enable such an action.


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