Delhi match: Justice Mudgal starts work, holds first meeting


Qaiser Mohammad Ali


Former high court chief justice Mukul Mudgal, appointed by the Delhi High Court on Wednesday to oversee the conduct of the next month’s India-South Africa Test match at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium, began his task in the right earnest on Thursday and held the first meeting.

“I had the first meeting with DDCA officials at my office today. I wanted to know what all would be the arrangements etc.,” Mudgal told

“I will be visiting the DDCA on Saturday and meeting the committees. I will physically inspect the arrangements and give some suggestions to them,” said the retired chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

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When informed that the DDCA had recently constituted an eight-member committee to conduct the Test match, starting on 3 December, Mudgal said, “I am going to meet that committee.”

There is a talk going on at the Kotla that Mudgal might effect some changes in the eight-member committee, constituted by a resolution by circulation that was moved by DDCA general secretary Anil Khanna on September 29, to conduct the match.

Mudgal, however, would not commit himself about the changes, if any. “I don’t know. I have not decided anything yet. First I will meet the committee and then decide,” he said.

As per the resolution by circulation, DDCA patron Suresh Chopra has been appointed chairman of the 13-member committee.

However, when contacted Chopra said he was not chairman of such a committee.

“I am not heading any 13-member committee and I don’t want to become chairman. I am a nice gentleman,” Chopra told “The total executive committee has appointed me venue director for the Test match and my appointment was conveyed to me by SP Bansal and CK Khanna. The DDCA sent my name [as venue director] to the BCCI and it has approved it.”

Chopra claimed he had started working last month. “I started working as venue manger on October 19,” he said.