HC allows Shiv Sena`s Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park
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Last Updated: Monday, October 11, 2010, 21:49
Mumbai: The Bombay High Court today asked the police and municipal authorities to allow Shiv Sena's annual Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park grounds, but said the organisers must abide by Noise Pollution Control Rules, 2010.

As per the rules, in silence zones, noise level cannot exceed 50 decibel.

Sena has been holding the Dusshera rally at Shivaji Park for over four decades, but this year police refused them permission to use loudspeakers, because the High Court, in response to a PIL filed by Wecom Trust, had asked authorities to declare the area as silence zone.

Therefore, Anil Parab, a Sena worker, had moved the court. Interestingly, when his petition was heard today, both Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai and state government supported him.

MCGM lawyer, senior counsel K K Singhvi said that to hold a public meeting was a "fundamental right", and "it was state's duty to provide place for public meeting...People have a right to assemble and express themselves".

Leaders such as Jawaharlal Nehru, Subhash Chandra Bose, Comrade Dange had spoken at rallies at Shivaji Park in the past, he said.

State government's pleader, Advocate Dhairyashil Nalavade, too, said that "larger public interest" was involved in the matter, and there was "shortfall of places in the city where people can congregate".


First Published: Monday, October 11, 2010, 21:49

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