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
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".