Court nod for probe under Environment Act against Shiv Sena

A local court on Wednesday granted permission to city police to conduct an enquiry under the Environment Protection Act against the organiser of Shiv Sena`s annual Dussehra rally for flouting the Noise Pollution Control Rules.

Last Updated: Oct 20, 2010, 21:15 PM IST

Mumbai: A local court on Wednesday granted permission
to city police to conduct an enquiry under the Environment
Protection Act against the organiser of Shiv Sena`s annual
Dussehra rally for flouting the Noise Pollution Control Rules.
The police had two days ago registered a case against
Milind Bodkar, the organiser of the rally and two other party
workers Anil Parab and Milind Vaidya under the Bombay Police
Act for exceeding the 50 decibel noise limit, laid down by the
Bomaby High Court, for the party`s rally at Shivaji Park in
central Mumbai on Sunday.

The police today approached Bhoiwada metropolitan
magistrate seeking permission to conduct enquiry against the
party workers under the Environment Protection Act.
"The court has granted us permission following which we
have included sections of the Environment Protection Act in
the FIR and will conduct investigations as per law," senior
police inspector Suresh Unawane said.

Under the Act, the offender is liable to pay a fine of
Rs one lakh or face imprisonment of up to five years.

The High Court had on October 11, while granting the party
permission to hold the rally at Shivaji Park, a declared
silence zone, directed them to abide by the Noise Pollution
Control Rules.

Shiv Sena, which has been holding the Dussehra rally at
Shivaji Park for over four decades, had approached the court
after police refused them permission to use loudspeakers as
the area was declared silence zone.

PTI