Bombay HC allows Savarkar function at Shivaji Park
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Last Updated: Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 20:26
Mumbai: Bombay High Court on Wednesday allowed a city-based cultural association to hold a musical programme at Shivaji Park ground here to commemorate the centenary of Veer Savarkar's attempt in 1910 to escape while he was being taken to Andaman prison.

Earlier, as the High Court had directed the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai to declare the park area as 'silence zone', the civic body had revoked the permission for the programme.

The programme, which will take place on 30th of this month, is being organised by Venus Association, which had moved the High Court seeking relaxation in the rule.

The vacation bench of Justices S J Kathawala and R G Ketkar said that Savarkar was a "stalwart" and a "hero" and exception could be made in this case.

The High Court, in its original order on a PIL that sought silence zone status for the park, had already allowed functions to mark Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar's death anniversary to be held at the venue.

"If exception can carved out for Dr Ambedkar, why not for Veer Savarkar? Both were stalwarts," the court said, asking MCGM to give all the necessary permissions.

However, the court made it clear that exception is being made only for May 30th function.


First Published: Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 20:26

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